Like A Little Child

Jesus had a special connection with children. He always had time for kids. When He fed the five thousand, He found a little boy and used his lunch to feed the multitude. Jesus traveled to Jairus’ house and called his little girl back from the dead. Jesus didn’t get irritated with children. He was more irritated when people tried to keep the children away. When the disciples shooed them away, Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 19:14). Jesus would use the example of a child to show what faith should look like: “At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ And calling to Him a child, He put him in the midst of them and said, ‘Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.’” (Matthew 18:1-4). While the disciples were arguing about greatness, Jesus called a child and put him in their midst to demonstrate true greatness. It is summed up in one word: humility. Children are humble and have a great sense of their need for help. They know when their little legs get tired from walking you will carry them. They know that you will be the one to put them in the car seat and get them out. They know you will feed them when they are hungry. They know that you will get their juice out of the fridge. They know you will help them pull their arms through their shirt. They know you will tuck them in and pray with them at night. They know you will hug and kiss them when they skin their knee. They know you will care for them. They are dependent. They understand that and they are fine with it. For adults, it takes effort to be humble and accept our dependency upon Jesus. Wouldn’t it be great if we could understand our need for help? Wouldn’t it be great if we would allow Jesus to feed us when we are souls are hungry? Wouldn’t it be great if we would allow Jesus to pick us up when we are tired? Wouldn’t it be great if we depended on Jesus to provide us with our daily needs? Wouldn’t it be great if we would allow Jesus to comfort us when we fall? Wouldn’t it be great if we would allow Jesus to guide our steps? Wouldn’t it be great if we would humble ourselves like a little child?

Author: Charlestown Road church of Christ

Charlestown Road church of Christ What are we all about? That’s a great question that deserves to be answered. In many places today, the modern church has become a ministry to serve the whole of man. You may find in some churches educational, recreational as well as spiritual ministries. Having a good time and eating for some is as much "church" as is worshipping. The modern church has come a long way from the way grandma and grandpa worshipped. Progressive, cutting edge, developing are terms used by many today. We, at the Charlestown Road congregation, are going a different direction. Instead of moving ever forward, adapting new ideas and a changing theology, we are interested in going backward to the way God designed the church. We feel it is time for the church to once again be a church. The apostle Paul praised the Thessalonian Christians for "imitating" the Lord, the apostles and the churches of Judea (1 Thessalonians 1:6; 2:14). A person might have an old car. He can fix it up with big wheels, fancy paint and make it very impressive to look at. Or, he can restore it to the way it was originally. Restoration is the spirit of returning things to the way they were originally. This is what we are interested in. We feel God designed things in a certain way on purpose. We want to please God, so we are interested in doing things the way God intended. In Philippians we read, "The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things; and the God of peace shall be with you" (4:9). In our services you will find that we offer the Lord’s Supper each Sunday as the early disciples did (Acts 20:7). Bible preaching is a part of our worship, as it was among the early Christians. We raise money only one way, by the members giving. We are organized according to the Bible fashion with overseers and deacons. We teach baptism for the remission of sins as the early Christians believed. We are not a restaurant, a gym, a nursing home, or a movie theater. We are a church that belongs to Christ, nothing more and nothing else. We want to please the Lord. We are interested in going to Heaven. We hope you are interested in the same things. Come and visit us!

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