Leveraging your Life for God's Children!
Matthew 19:13-15 ESV
13 Then some children were brought to Him so that He might lay His hands on them and pray; and the disciples rebuked them. 14 But Jesus said, "Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." 15 After laying His hands on them, He departed from there. NASB
13 And they were bringing children to Him so that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked them. 14 But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, "Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all." 16 And He took them in His arms and began blessing them, laying His hands on them. NASB
15 And they were bringing even their babies to Him so that He would touch them, but when the disciples saw it, they began rebuking them. 16But Jesus called for them, saying, "Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 17 Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all." NASB
Children need to be blessed by the Lord. v 13a
13Then some children were brought to Him so that He might lay His hands on them and pray;
Parents and the church should bring their children to Jesus at an early age and teach them His ways.
and the disciples rebuked them. 14 But Jesus said, "Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."
The Lord wants to bless children. v 15, Mark 10:16
15 After laying His hands on them, He departed from there.
16 And He took them in His arms and began blessing them, laying His hands on them.
"Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."
Week 2 - Leveraging Your Life for GOD’s Children
This weekend’s message from Matthew 19:13-15 shows a very interesting and oft repeated theme in scripture--we see things differently than Christ does. In the passage from Sunday, the disciples thought they were helping Jesus by keeping the children from Him--they thought they were making His efforts more efficient--their intentions were quite pure--but they were also quite opposite of what Jesus wanted! Another example of the disciples not seeing an event the same was Jesus is in John 4, the woman at the well. In this passage we are were introduced to how JESUS saw opportunity. He identified and pursued these opportunities to minister, casting aside societal norms and protocols. This passage also adverts the difference between the way JESUS and His disciples saw the same event. Today’s study will continue to explore this topic. Here we will look at three specific things that GOD sees in opportunity, as well as discussing missed opportunities.
To start off today’s study, let’s borrow an example from marriage, as we look at the different types of missed opportunities. It is Bob and Suzy’s anniversary. Bob comes home from work, stops at the front door and rings the doorbell. When Suzy answers, Bob pulls a bouquet of flowers from behind his back and says, “Happy Anniversary”. Suzy says, “Oh Bob, you they are beautiful”. Bob responds, “yea, I had to, it is our anniversary.” Discuss this scenario among your group. Even though Bob did what he was supposed to do, how is this a missed opportunity?
Now imagine a scenario where Bob walks in the house, drops his briefcase, loosens his tie, kisses his wife, and then crashes in his recliner with no mention of the special day. He completely forgot their anniversary. This is a more likely example than the first scenario, but the question for your group is: Will the wife feel better in the first scenario, that at least her husband remembered their anniversary?
As a wife, Suzy wants to be loved and adored by her husband. She doesn’t want flowers because its protocol, she wants her husband to want to give her flowers because he loves her. Discuss how this scenario relates to opportunities that we have in service, kingdom-work, and ministry for GOD.
1. As a group read Mark 1:21-28. What parties are affected by the events that occur in this passage?
2. Read John 8:1-11. What parties are affected by the events that occur in this passage?
3. What pattern can we see in these passages about the way that JESUS views opportunity?
In both of these examples, JESUS is the one meeting opportunity; He is the one seeing, He is the one acting. Let’s look at a passage where JESUS isn’t the one seeing and acting, but those whom He sends out.
4. As a group read Luke 10:1-12, 17. How else does this passage tell us that JESUS sees opportunity?
Finally turn to and read as a group Luke 8:26-39.
5. What does v29 tell you about the difference in the way that man and GOD see opportunity?
6. Are there times where you have viewed a difficult, maybe an awkward situation as an inconvenience rather than an opportunity to be faithful and glorify GOD?
7. V38-39 shows the final way that JESUS views opportunity. As a group, discuss what can be seen in these verses about how JESUS views opportunity.
In today’s study we discussed the different types of missed opportunities. Remember, we can be obedient in our actions, but do so with wrong attitude in our hearts and not take advantage of opportunities to glorify GOD. We are cheating ourselves out of the benefit and blessing of serving when we do it with the wrong motives. We also learned that JESUS views opportunity in four(4) ways: 1) JESUS views opportunity as a way to heal, redeem, and forgive the afflicted. 2) JESUS views opportunity as a way to affect and reach onlookers, thus making His name known, 3) JESUS views opportunity as a way to strengthen and grow the faith of the obedient worker willing to step up to opportunity in HIS name, and 4) JESUS views opportunity as a way of changing lives and cultivating messengers and missionaries of the name of CHRIST!
Will you take advantage of the need and opportunity to serve the next generation, our children, at Crosspointe Church!