Jesus says “Welcome little children in my name.” When I was 11 a guy in my church took me to work. Mr. Skene. He was a train engineer. I had to get up super early, it was still dark. I remember it well. I sat the whole day with him in the locomotive, enthralled with all that power, the sights flying by and the loud air horn at road crossings. I have some vague memory of him talking to me meaningfully about Jesus. I have no idea why he offered to take me, I don’t think I asked or even knew what he did for a living. It was kindness shown to me, a little kid. I felt ‘welcomed’.
- Tell the group about a great memory you have as a child.
- Describe a time when you’ve been in a group that was trying to establish “Who is the greatest.” What was the end result for that group?
- Jesus lays out a new definition of ‘greatness’. Be last and be the servant of all. What would that look like in your life?
- “Being last and the servant of all”, on what grounds could Jesus make that demand of your life?
- Jesus uses a child to drive home the point. “Welcome one of these little ones and you welcome Me.” Why a child and what does ‘welcoming a little one’ look like in your life right now?