Matthew 18:10 "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. 11 12 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? 13 And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. 14 So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
Little children are very important to the Lord and He expects us to help find them and bring them into His flock. The Lord wants us to help children be saved from their sin.
Verse 10: Despise means to look down on with contempt; to consider of little value. We are commanded not to despise the little ones. God highly values them. The Lord has assigned angels to look out for them (Hebrews 1:14)
Verse 12-13: Jesus reveals that we look for a lost sheep because it has value to us, economic value. A child has much more value than a sheep, but costs to care for in time and money. A child takes a long time to raise and to become productive economically. Sin focuses our attention on what immediately affects us and causes us to place security in material things and look at children as a burden and not a blessing of great value. God always provides when we do His will (Matthew 6:33).
Verse 14 God's will is good, pleasing and perfect (Romans 12:2b). In todays culture adults find spending time with little children undesirable. They want to be with their adult friends and in the work place earning money to spend on their pleasures. Children are looked upon as a nuisance. God highly values children and so should we.
What we are to do having been instructed by Matthew 18:10-14: (1) We need to encourage those who are spending time with children (especially mothers) and let them know the high importance of their work. We need to make sure we are helping children be found, that is, know Jesus as their Savior. We need to be teaching children the Scriptures formally each day and informally at every teachable moment. We who have no children need to help those with children using our time, money, and prayers. When we help accomplish God's will we find great satisfaction, gratification and completion and we benefit all around us.