What Jesus Did! 'Angels with my Father' — Matthew 18:10

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

"Be careful. Don't think these little children are worth nothing. I tell you that these children have angels in heaven. And those angels are always with my Father in heaven."
— Matthew 18:10 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 18:10 NLT — "Be careful. Don't think these little children are worth nothing. I tell you that these children have angels in heaven. And those angels are always with my Father in heaven."

Key Thought

This is one of those very interesting passages that we are tempted to make too much of. First, notice the angels are not called guardian angels and are not even said to be present with the children. Jesus' point, the "little ones" (remember it's not just children, but the helpless and needy) have heavenly representatives in the presence of God himself. Don't denigrate these little ones; they're special to Jesus, God, and the angels before the throne of God. While we can talk about angels and their ministry, let's remember that even the least significant person in society is extremely significant to God who wants desperately to bring each one under his rule of grace.

Today's Prayer

Holy God, thank you so much for caring for everyone. I know you care greatly for me and have sacrificed so much to adopt me into your family. Give me the heart to share your compassion with those in desperate need around me and help me to find the way to bring them into your grace. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Hebrews 1:13-14
  • Luke 1:19
  • Psalm 68:4-6

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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