In Matthew 18:1-4, Jesus told His disciples that they needed to be converted and become as little children. One of the beautiful characteristics of children is that they don’t look on the outward appearance of others, they look at the heart. Children are not born prejudiced against any shape, size, or color of people. They respond to the ones who are providing for their needs. Children love those that love them. Everyone is a possible friend – even fish! Last week I saw Aiden standing backwards in front of the aquarium, covering his eyes and counting. When I asked what “What are you doing.” He replied, “Playing hide and seek!” Yes, he turned around quickly and counted all five of the fish – saying, “Found you!” (Can you tell he’s an only child? Lol!)
Anyway, treating others as equals is a trait that all Christians should emulate. God only made one race – and that’s the human race. We are all equal in God’s eyes. God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son. (John 3:16) We are all a part of this world! When God sent Samuel to anoint a new king over Israel, He told him, “Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him; for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” (I Samuel 16:7) Children don’t care if you are short or tall, skinny or let’s say – fluffy, black or white, old or young. They respond to kindness. I love taking children to the nursing homes – they will hug everyone! Children see smiles.
James told the early church “to have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.” (James 2:1) We should not show partiality to someone just because they have nicer clothes or richer things because that’s all they are – just things. “Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love Him?” (James 2:5) Rich in faith – that should be our goal!
As little children, we should not look on the outward appearance of others. We should look upon their hearts. Simply blessed, Courtney