What Jesus Did! 'Welcome Them In!' — Luke 9:47-48

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Jesus knew what they were thinking. So Jesus took a little child and stood the child beside him. Then Jesus said to the followers, "If a person accepts a little child like this in my name, then that person accepts me. And when a person accepts me, that person accepts the One (God) that sent me. The person among you that is the most humble—that person is a great (important) person."
— Luke 9:47-48 NLT
Illustration of Luke 9:47-48 NLT — "If a person accepts a little child like this in my name, then that person accepts me."

Key Thought

Jesus turns the whole discussion of greatness upside down. Instead of greatness being determined by status, position, and having others wait upon you, greatness is determined by serving those whom others don't see as important. In Jesus' day, associating with children was considered a waste of time by important people. The child becomes a symbol of those viewed as unimportant—only insignificant people spend their crucial time on kids not their own. However, Jesus says that a truly important Kingdom person is going to find the left out, the forgotten, and the neglected as well as welcome and serve them rather than trying to name drop and hang around with the "in crowd." Greatness is about serving, not about status!

Today's Prayer

Father, give me a heart to welcome those who are left out, overlooked, and forgotten in my world. Please humble me gently so that I am not so full of myself that I won't help others in need and associate with those whom the world might not value. Make me more like your Son. I pray in Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Luke 22:24-27
  • Romans 15:7
  • Romans 12:16


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.