18 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
2 He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.
6 “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. 7 Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come! 8 If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. 9 And if your eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.
10 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven. 
12 “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? 13 And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. 14 In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.
Speaker, Author, Musician, Curator – Pleasant Hill CA
Observation: The way Jesus lifts up the faith of children is often celebrated as His love for the simple way they receive Him. I think that’s part of it for certain. But I also find that children, having readily and simply received the love they’re given, also readily and simply act out of that love. In other words, I think Jesus champions the kind of faith that doesn’t just passively receive Him but actively and freely responds.
The enemy and the world he rules, like to keep you and I in a state of confusion, starring at the gaps of unknown and unresolved things around us, ignoring the solid ground beneath our feet. Jesus wants to set you and I free to act.
Action: Reconsider an aspect of your life you’ve come to see as complicated. Ask the Spirit of Jesus, who loves the simple faith of children, to guide you toward one, simple action. It may not solve the whole thing, but taking the first step of thousands is part of simple faith, too.