“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven. What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
(Matthew 18:10-14 ESV)
Over the past few days we’ve read that God blesses those who are part of His family through faith in Jesus [John 1:12]. We’ve also read that God will punish those who tempt His children into sinning so severely they will wish they had died a slow horrible death instead. Today we see just how precious those of us who are God’s children are to Him.
God does not want His children to be mistreated and warns anyone not to despise even one of His little ones. As we learned previously, “little ones” does not refer to literal children, but to God’s adopted spiritual children – Christians. A few days ago Jesus told us that the only way one can be adopted into God’s family is to become like a child – humble and completely reliant on Him.
The reason no one should despise God’s children is that we have angels in heaven, looking out for us. Angels are ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation (God’s children) [Hebrews 1:14].
Some take this passage to mean that each of us has a single guardian angel watching over us. But this is not what Jesus is saying. He is saying that we have an entire company of angels caring for us. They always are looking to God (see the face of my Father) for instructions on how to help us.
This is an important fact that Jesus does not want us to miss as evidenced by His words “For I tell you”, which in the original Greek is very emphatic. God does not want His children to miss this point. God cares about us so much that He is constantly dispatching His contingent of angels to look after us. How cool is that?
Just like a shepherd does with a lost sheep, when one of God’s children is in trouble (goes astray), God will go and bring that person back. Christians are not perfect. We still sin, sometimes big time. But God does not leave us alone in those cases. It is not His will that any of His little ones should wander too far from Him into sin.
Here we see an important principle about our relationship with God. It is individual. God notices and cares for everyone. We may wonder how God can keep track of billions of people and if He even notices us. Jesus tells us that He does.
You matter to God. He sees your life. He cares about what is happening to you. And it is His deep desire to minister to you through His army of angels.
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