But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:14
Often lost in the whole pro-life/ pro-choice debate is the heart of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the defender of life but we must not be so focused on life beginning at conception; that we forget it doesn’t end at birth. In God’s eyes; life is not only about its opening chapter, but also about its closing lines. The same Savior, who writes down the name of every child in His book also offers to carry each of us in His arms to the very end. Where we stand on the issue of life is not only about what we say, but more importantly is about what we do. How we chose to invest our time and hearts in the lives of others will reap returns for all eternity. What better pro-life statement can we make than to serve the real people in our own small corner of this world from conception to their final breath?
Even to your old age, I am He, and even to gray hairs I will carry you! I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you. Isaiah 46:4
In John Newton’s hymn I have probably sung 1000 times the line “Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far “. But I don’t think I’ve ever slowed down long enough to consider what follows, “and grace will lead me home.”
Facing fears and worry over what will happen if we turn to the left or right it is easy to get the focus on ourselves and not God. We do not serve an impossible to please boss. We are not in relationship with an unreasonable Father. We are not called to just figure out how to follow Jesus. No! We serve a risen Savior who is at the right hand of the throne interceding for us. His office is always open. He is ready with all the grace we can ever need or even imagine. He stands ready as the Good Shepherd to guide, protect, provide and yes even rescue us when we wander! Then He will put us on His shoulders and safely lead us home!
Every time I read this verse I am reminded of the cistern we had back on the farm. In that area wells were expensive and rare. Our system gathered rain water from the roof and passed it through a carbon filter into a deep cement tank. But in dry weather it didn’t take long to deplete the supply so we would call for a water truck to come. That is how many of us are in our faith. On Sunday morning we get a little rain or we turn on a Christian radio program to refill our tank. But Jesus offers a gift meant to be more than just a refill. He offers freely a drink by which one single sip becomes in us a well. Why be satisfied with a full cistern when Jesus Christ is offering a well a river and a fountain of life!
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” John 4:10 ESV