Helping the Helpless

John Koedyker

Read: Mark 9:36-37

Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me. (v. 37)

One of the beautiful things about the Christian faith is the interconnectedness of the spiritual with the physical. The Christian faith encompasses all of life. The bottom line of Jesus’ teaching is that if we welcome the weak and helpless, we are in essence welcoming him. Again today, like we saw in yesterday’s instruction from Jesus, this doesn’t exactly come naturally for us human beings. We are much more inclined to seek out people who can do things for us.

When my wife and I were missionaries in Japan, we were often sought out by people who wanted to improve their English. They wanted to be friends so that they could get something out of the relationship, namely, a free English lesson. I felt used. And that is an awful feeling to have. There is something disingenuous about it.

But Jesus wants us to befriend people who can do nothing for us, people who need help. Little children need a lot of help, and they are examples of the ones Jesus wants us to seek out. And the great thing about that is when we welcome people like that, we are actually welcoming God into our lives. God’s presence will permeate a relationship like that and give us a little taste of heaven. —John Koedyker

Prayer: Reflect on these words of Jesus: “And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me’” (Matt. 25:40).