Friday, February 18, 2022
10 “Watch that you don’t treat a single one of these childlike believers arrogantly. You realize, don’t you, that their personal angels are constantly in touch with my Father in heaven?
Work It Out Between You
12-14 “Look at it this way. If someone has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders off, doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine and go after the one? And if he finds it, doesn’t he make far more over it than over the ninety-nine who stay put? Your Father in heaven feels the same way. He doesn’t want to lose even one of these simple believers.
-Matthew 18:10-14 The Message
Verse 10: “See that you do not look down on one of these little ones; for I say to you that their angels in heaven continually see the face of My Father who is in heaven.
Verse 10 study: We should match our concern for treating our children with God’s concern for treatment. Certain angels are assigned to watch over children, and they have direct access to God. These words cut sharply into cultures where children are taken lightly, ignored, or aborted. If their angels have constant access to God, the least we can do as adults are allow our children to approach us easily regardless of our busy schedules.
Ninety-nine Plus One
Verse 12: “What do you think? If any man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains, and go and search for the one that is lost?
Verse 13: And if it turns out that he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that have not gone astray.
Verse 14: So it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven for one of these little ones to perish.
Verse 14 study: A shepherd is concerned about one lost sheep, the shepherd goes to the hills and search for it. God is the same way. He is concerned about every human being he created, which he is not wishing for any to perish.
2 Peter 3:9: The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not willing for any to perish, but for all to come to repentance.
You come into contact with children who need Christ at church, home, school, and in the neighborhood. Steer them toward Christ by your example, your words, and your act of kindness.