MUSINGS- October 31, 2018


Mark 9:33-37
Then they came to Capernaum. While Jesus was at home, he asked the disciples, “What were you arguing about on the road?” They were silent. On the road they had argued about who was the greatest. He sat down and called the twelve apostles. He told them, “Whoever wants to be the most important person must take the last place and be a servant to everyone else.” Then he took a little child and had him stand among them. He put his arms around the child and said to them, “Whoever welcomes a child like this in my name welcomes me. Whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”

Welcome. We say it in greeting or in response to a “thank you.” We even put it in our door mats. But do you know what it means? Literally “one whose coming suits another’s will or wish,” It comes from the old English word wilcuma. “Willa” meaning pleasure, desire, choice and cuma” meaning guest.

Not everyone that we welcome into our home is welcomed equally. Some are welcomed through the front door and into the living room only. Some friends use the backdoor and are welcome to the dining room and kitchen. Some come to spend a night or a week and are given the use of the guest bedroom. Very few (if any) are welcome to dig through desk drawers, cupboards and closets.

What level of welcome is Jesus in your life? It’s he a front door quest or do you allow him into the hidden parts?

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