“Beware that you don’t look down on any of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels are always in the presence of my heavenly Father.” Matthew 18:10
Our city had a beautiful weekend with the perfect weather. We had our family over to celebrate the triplets birthday and then hung out in our yard all day Sunday playing softball and volleyball.
The girls haven’t really gotten down all the rules to the games yet but my husband and just go along with the rules that they make up along the way.
My oldest daughter loves to make the little girls run and get the ball when we hit it out of bounds. She yells to them “GO BALL GETTER GO!”. They take great pride in running after the ball when she yells at them. She takes great pride in being the boss.
After a few hours of playing half the family went inside to rest and grab a bite to eat. I stayed behind and sat on the porch to watch two of the triplets play in our yard.
I had drifted off in my thoughts when I heard one of my girls yelling at someone. She had her hands cupped around her mouth and was yelling “Don’t forget your jacket because it’s cold” a few seconds passed and then she yelled “hurry up so you can play with us”.
I looked to see if the little girl next door was in her yard but she wasn’t. There wasn’t anyone else who she would be yelling to.
I asked her “Myleigh, who are you yelling at?”
She replied “Jesus, I wanted to make sure that He had a coat on when He comes to play with us”.
Her hands were cupped over her mouth, head tilted towards the sky and she was yelling to her King at the top of her lungs.
We should take a lesson from her.
Becoming More Like Myleigh
We should take away the fear of offending someone with our faith and replace it with courage. We shouldn’t care who is watching us from the porch, the street or next door.
Playing it safe isn’t safe, it’s dangerous. Keeping quiet is keeping us away from Christ. Laying low in our faith is letting everyone know that we aren’t secure enough in it.
We aren’t scoring points with the big man by keeping the gift of His son to ourselves. We are called to be His hands and feet and that means standing in the middle of the yard with our hands cupped over our mouths, head tilted towards heaven and yelling His great name at the top of our lungs.
Are you sitting on the porch playing it safe or are you standing in the yard crying out to Jesus , telling Him not to forget His coat when He comes to hang out with you.
The disciples asked Jesus who the greatest in the kingdom of heaven was. I can imagine they were hoping that he was going to say it was them. I bet they were pretty sure that they had earned great praise in heaven for following Jesus. I’m can only imagine the look on their faces when Jesus replied.
“He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:1-4
Jesus is telling us that unless we have the heart of the six year old who has no shame, no fear, no doubt and no reservations in her praise and faith in Him, well then we are in a sticky situation.
Merciful Father help us to be more like Myleigh and less like us. Take away our fears and fill our hearts with courage. Let us be brave and bold in our faith and be examples to those who do not yet know You. Give us voices that cry out Your great name. Show us how to stand in the middle of a crowd with our hands cupped over our mouths, heads tilted towards heaven and cry out to You, no matter who is watching. In Jesus name, amen”.
Myleigh is the same little girl who writes notes to Jesus and leaves them on our sidewalk for Him. She makes up her own songs for Him and sings them to us several times throughout the day. I once caught her behind the door in the hall playing her guitar and singing her heart out to Jesus. I pray every night for Jesus to give me a heart just like hers.