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Indispensible Weaker Parts

Child in party hatThe role of children in the Household Body has a particular significance. Saint Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 12.22-23a, "On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor." Children and those who are mentally challenged have a particularly special place in the Body of Christ. Children and babies may be regarded in law as their parents' property, and in society treated as small versions of adults. Sometimes, they are even considered as an inconvenient nuisance and an expense. In the Christian Body however, infants and babes are honored and loved. Jesus' followers tried to discourage mothers from bringing their babies and little children to him but he insisted on blessing them. His assertion in Matthew 19.14 rocked his listeners on their heels and challenges us today, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."

Passports to the Kingdom

BabyJesus emphatically taught here, by word and action, that the roles of children, babies and challenged adults are very important as they hold passports to the Kingdom of God. They do not have to qualify like adults but already possess full membership. Only when young people reach the age of discretion do they need to accept or deny the Christian faith in order to be ensured passports into the Kingdom of God. Prior to that time, children are automatically a part of God's Kingdom. Children are individuals rather than small versions of adults as far as God is concerned and deserve special honorable treatment.

"Weaker Children Role"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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