Parents are known to care deeply for their children; however, in my field of work, education, that notion is frequently challenged. Just yesterday, a co-worker was talking about a student who has presented a significant behavioral problem in the fifteen days that we had been in school. My colleague said, “His parents don’t care.” I said, “How do you know that?” My colleague replied, “I have called his mother, and his behavior has not changed even though she said she’d talk to him.” My retort was that does not say she does not care; it says she did not have influence over his behavior in this matter. TRUST: To Whom Do You Entrust Your Children To?
In another situation yesterday, I met with a parent who was concerned that I had told her son that he would have silent lunch with me for not knowing his multiplication facts. The mother stated that would humiliate her son. She stated that I needed to use positive rewards rather than a negative consequence. I relented. I did not see how my actions could humiliate the student, but I am in the business of building up students not hurting them, so I had to concede my actions based on what this parent shared about her son. In addition to all of that, he has learning disability that impairs his ability to learn his facts. Whatever the circumstance, his mother came to speak to me because of the care of her child. TRUST: To Whom Do You Entrust Your Children To?
Likewise, a father in Mark 9 was faced with the choice of TRUST: To Whom Do You Entrust Your Children To?
17 A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech.18 Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.”
19 “You unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.”
20 So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth.
21 Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?”
“From childhood,” he answered. 22 “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”
23 “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”
24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
25 When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the impure spirit. “You deaf and mute spirit,” he said, “I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.”
26 The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, “He’s dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up.
In the passage, the man properly demonstrates the response to TRUST: To Whom Do You Entrust Your Children To? Without prolonging the matter, the father took His Son first to Jesus’ disciples. When he did not get the desired result, Jesus presented Himself to the father along with a crowd of others. Jesus engaged the crowd asking what they were disputing or arguing about. This is where the passage above picks up. The father then demonstrates TRUST: To Whom Do You Entrust Your Children To?
The father not only entrusted his son to Jesus, but he also entrusted himself to Jesus.
But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” 23 “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” 24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
When it counted the most, the father entrusted himself and his son to Jesus. What about you? Have you entrusted yourself to Jesus? Have you entrusted any children that you may have to Jesus? Today’s text and the lesson from my colleague and parent yesterday reinforces the notion of TRUST: To Whom Do You Entrust Your Children To?