Revealed them to Little Children
Luke 10: 21 | By Rev Paul Sausser
One of the greatest things about being around children is that they aren't shy about what they say. They don’t beat around the bush, they just cut straight to the chase. They also take things because they are hungry to learn. As soon as they grasp something new, they will share it with someone. There is this wonderful humbleness and openness about children.
Those who are older have learned to put on more of a veneer. We are careful about what we say, what we express, and what we share regarding what is going on inside of us. There are lots of reasons for this. One reason is to put on a persona that we are mature, and that we have it together. We want to show this facade even if it is not true. When we do this, it's about pride.
Jesus was surrounded by people who wanted others to think that they had it together. They were smart in their own eyes. Some of these people had official titles (like Pharisee) while others didn’t. The wise and learned people around Jesus were the proud. They are not open. However, those to whom Jesus reveals his love, grace, and teachings are humble. The humble want to learn, they want to share, they want to open their hearts and minds.
After Jesus gave instruction to the Seventy-Two, He prays, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.” Little children refer to the humble ones, the ones who show the openness of a child. Little children is not a reference to age, although it can be, but more about those who have an open heart. A proud heart is a closed heart. It is a heart and mind that believes they know best.
So, when our Savior Jesus sends us, the wise and learned will say “it is too hard,” and "it is not where I want to go.” The proud may say “I think I know how to better use my talents than to follow His direction.” However the little ones, the humble, trustingly obey the authority. We learn from a young age to sing, "Here I am Lord, send me.” Those who are humble of heart will express the faith we see in little children.
Ask God to give you an open and humble heart to go wherever and to whomever He sends you.
Father God, thank you that in your love you reveal yourself and your way to us. May we be receptive to your call, big or small, to where you want us to be. Forgive us when we believe we know better than you. Amen.
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