Matthew 19:13-14 Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
Several individuals can see the same occurrence yet see things from different perspectives. Such was the case with Jesus and His disciples in Matthew 19.
Jesus was teaching, performing miracles, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God. In what seemed to some as interruption, little children were brought to Jesus to be prayed for. The passage is articulated in such a way that I believe all who were with Jesus saw the children. All saw the children, but not all saw the children the same way.
The disciples felt it was rude for the children to interrupt Jesus. I can almost hear Judas saying, “These children can’t contribute to ‘our’ bag so they must go!” Maybe James and John thought the little children would steal their spotlight. Maybe Simon the zealot pondered, “These children will be useless in bringing the kingdom back to Israel.” These are speculations, but one thing is clear: the disciples had a skewed perspective! They saw the same children that Jesus did, but didn’t see the children the same!
Jesus viewed these children differently—to Him, they were a blessing! He saw their simple faith, their potential, their salvation, and their future. He knew if these children accepted Him, their future would forever be altered. The perspective Jesus had about the children is the same way we ought to view our world.
The unsaved in society no doubt write people off who don’t benefit them. Some may be nauseated over those who are burdensome. However, we must view people as ones whose lives and eternities can be altered if they receive the life-changing gospel of Christ!
Here are a few things the Scripture notes as pivotal if we see and seek Christ’s perspective:
1. Purity of heart
Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
A proper vision of God and those around me can only come as I keep myself pure. Impurity leads me to use the people I can benefit from and discard people I’m unable to use. Purity of heart helps me have a clear vision of God and God’s vision for those around me.
2. Passionately loving Christ
John 21:17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
Peter left working with people to fish. He saw his fellow disciples as potential coworkers and the unsaved as less important than fishing. Jesus told Peter that to have a proper love for Christ, he had to also have a proper view of people that needed Him!
3. Pondering the Scriptures
Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised…
The best way to get Christ’s perspective is to read His Word. As we read, we can’t help but get His heart and eyes for a lost world in need of Him. As we journey through the gospels and see Christ’s life and love for people, we will begin to see past people’s physical composition and see their need for Christ!
How can we follow through and see God do a great work in and through our lives?
As it made sense for the One who was the Word of God to follow the Word of God, so too does it make sense for His followers to do the same.