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Indispensible Parts

Child in party hatThe role of children in the Household Body had a particular significance. Saint Paul wrote 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 were mentally challenged or otherwise disabled had a particularly special place in the Body of Christ. Children and babies were regarded in law as their parents' property, and in society treated as small versions of adults. Sometimes, they were even considered as an inconvenient nuisance and an expense in our modern society. In the Christian Body however, infants and babes were honored and loved. The Apostles tried to discourage mothers from bringing their babies and little children to Jesus but he insisted on blessing them. His assertion in Matthew 19.14 rocked his listeners on their heels and challenged his hearers, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." Little children, babies and the disabled were guaranteed a place in the Kingdom of God! Amazing and wonderful!✞

Kingdom Passports

BabyJesus emphatically taught here, by word and action, that the roles of children, babies and challenged adults were very important as they held passports to the Kingdom of God. They did not have to qualify like adults but already possessed full membership. Only when young people reach the age of discretion did 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 were automatically a part of God's Kingdom. Children were individuals rather than small versions of adults as far as God was concerned and deserved special and honorable treatment.

"Weaker Children Role"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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