Matthew 18 is a familiar passage where Jesus talks about the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. It’s about kids. He picked up a little child and told His disciples, “You must become like these children.” Then He said, in essence, “When you embrace these children and receive them in My name, you embrace and receive Me.” What an incredible statement!
Thousands of kids, some blind or maimed, are forced to walk the streets of cities like Mumbai to beg for money. It is estimated there are more than 150 million child labourers in our world, and the largest number is in India. How many times have I studied Matthew 18 before realizing the Lord is saying, “Don’t ignore them. Don’t walk away. Don’t pretend they are not there”.
The Father cares about them, and Christ lives in us. We should say with Him, “I care. I feel their pain. I ache. I can no longer say they are not my problem.”
When Christianity comes to the place where it is all about “me”—my health, my wealth, my weight, my kids, my future—we are missing it. Christ calls us to die to ourselves so He can live once again through our earthen vessels. As believers, we are Christ in our generation.
My dear friend, that is exactly what you are doing! Thank you for being obedient to live as Christ for the “least of these.” As you partner in the Lord’s work in Asia, you are bringing the Good News to boys and girls, leprosy patients, slum-dwellers and prisoners. May God encourage you as you remember how you’re helping servants like Akshay and Champak touch people despised by society with the love of Christ.