"A Little Child Shall Lead Them"
1. Today I have chosen one of the great texts of the Bible for our lesson. It is a text I hope we will long remember. It is found in Isaiah ll:6. Isaiah simply, but profoundly said, "A little child shall lead them."
2. This is a strange thought to the ears of most of us, for we usually think of adults leading children, not children leading adults. God has intended, however, that children not only learn from adults, but adults learn from children.
A little child shall lead us in humility
1. Of all earth's inhabitants none is more humble than a little child. Young Benjamin Franklin once made a list of 12 virtues that he thought would serve as a guide-line for better living and would lead to greatness. Thinking he had pretty well covered the field of basic qualities, Franklin handed the list to an older man for his appraisal. The elderly man took a look at the list, and very quickly replied, "Ben, you have left out the most important thing of all - Humility." The young man then took his pen and added that quality to his list.
2. While young Benjamin Franklin made humility last in his list of virtues, Jesus made it first.
A little child shall lead us in purity
1. Children are pure in mind and deed. They do not have their minds in the gutter as many older folks do.
2. The Bible teaches us to possess the purity of little children. (Psa. 51:12; Matt. 5:8; l Tim. 5:22; Phil. 4:8).
3. May the words of this hymn ever be on our lips!
"Purer in heart, O God, help me to be;
May I devote my life wholly to thee.
Watch thou my wayward feet,
Guide me with counsel sweet,
Purer in heart, help me to be"
4. When we are tempted to lie or use filthy language, we should pray, "Purer in heart, O God, help me to be." When we are tempted to be immoral, we should pray, "Purer in heart, O God, help me to be." When we are tempted to be impure in any way, we should pray, "Purer in heart, O God, help me to be." Only the pure in heart will see God. (Rev. 21:27)
A little child shall lead us in sincerity
1. What greater example of sincerity could we find than that of a little child?
2. I am reminded of the woman who was always talking about the preacher and how much he ate. One Sunday afternoon she had the preacher over for dinner. When everyone was gathered around the table, her little girl said, "Let's see you eat like a pig." The preacher said, "I don't eat like a pig." The little girl looked up and said in a very innocent and sincere way, "Mother says you do.." Oh, how we need the sincerity of little children
3. We need to be sincere in our love for one another. (Rom.12:9)
A little child shall lead us in being teachable
1. Little children are eager to learn. They are constantly asking questions. They do not feel they know all the answers. They have an open mind.
2. Adults need this willingness to learn.
A little child shall lead us in forgiveness
1. Children do not normally hold grudges.
2. Adults are not like this. Adults break up homes, destroy friendships, and cause wars rather than forgive.
A little child shall lead us in faith and trust.
1. What confidence children have in their parents!
2. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we had this childlike confidence in our heavenly Father.
A little child shall lead us to Christ
1. Once a little girl came up to her Uncle and said, "Uncle, tell me something about Jesus." He was struck by the question, but evaded it. But the little one would not be put off. Again and again she came back with the request, "Uncle, tell me something about Jesus." Finding he did not comply, she said at last, "Why, you do know about Jesus, don't you?"
2. The question of the little girl awakened thoughts and feelings he had never had before. That night the man could not sleep. The dear child's question kept coming back to him, "Why, you do know about Jesus, don't you?" The question led him to search the Bible and find out about the blessed Savior.
1. And I say to every one of you, "You do know Jesus, don't you?"
2. You do know about Jesus, don't you? If not we urge you to learn about Him and then make Him your Lord and Savior.
3. If you already know about Him (but have not obeyed Him), come to Him today. Come confessing your faith in Him and be baptized in the name of Jesus for the remission of your sins. You will never be sorry. Jesus will bless and keep you. Come now as we stand and sing.