One Family- The Household of Faith

Jesus Loves the Little Children, a song inspired by Matthew 19:14, “Let the little children come to me …,” was birthed in the heart of Clarence Herbert Woolston (1856–1927). As a pastor, gospel songwriter, and sleight-of-hand magician, Woolston claimed to have ministered to more than a million children in his lifetime.

You’re no longer wandering exiles. This kingdom of faith is now your home country. You’re no longer strangers or outsiders. You belong here, with as much right to the name Christian as anyone.
─ Ephesians 2:19 MSG

The world renowned refrain has crossed the lips of children for more than a century.
Jesus loves the little children,
All the children of the world.
Red and yellow, black and white,
They are precious in His sight,
Jesus loves the little children of the world.

As Christ followers, we all belong to one family – the household of faith.

The love of the song, and the message of inclusion has compelled unofficial modifications and additional stanzas. For example, some have inserted the color, brown between red and yellow;
others sing, every color, every race, all are covered by His grace. Some have even changed the description to body type: “Fat and skinny, short and tall, Jesus loves them one and all.”

The song portrays a beautiful word picture of Paul’s words in our verse today. As Christ followers, we all belong to one family – the household of faith. The church today is accountable to God to see each other as brothers and sisters, washed in His precious blood, no longer outsiders, but His precious children.

Today’s One Thing
Ask God today to expose any racial prejudice in your heart. As He opens the door for you to talk about race and prejudice, open your heart to engage in conversations and expect the Holy Spirit to work through you to bring any barriers down.

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