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Someone Better Than Angels

The book of Hebrews in the Bible has an explanation about angels. We are told there, not to worship angels, but to understand that Christ is far more important, He is the one to adore and obey.

God has never said to an angel, "You're my Son, my heir." But He did command all his angels to worship Christ when He was born on earth. He did say about the Son, that His throne would last forever, and that He, God, was anointing Him, Jesus, with the oil of joy.

Also, that Christ the Lord laid the foundations of the earth, and made the heavens with His hands. He will outlast everything!

Then in Hebrews 1:14 we read in an almost off-hand manner, "Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?"

We may not see angels in our daily lives, but God uses them to serve and protect and guide those who trust in Christ for our salvation.

It is nice to know, God has assigned them to look after us by His command and authority, isn't it?

So, rather than seek out angels, and go overboard in our fascination, I believe we are to accept them with good manners. They are God's swift and mostly invisible servants assigned to care for us, the way a rich father hires staff to care for the needs of his family.

I take to heart the teaching of Christ Himself, that we are to abide in Him, and He in us. For when we accept personally that Jesus died for our sins, we are born again spiritually, and have received the Holy Spirit to abide in us. It is by this Holy Spirit that Jesus is alive and real in our lives. We can walk and talk with Him all our waking moments! That turns out, in my mind, to be a far greater joy and help than a frightening encounter with a tall and glorious being that appears and vanishes just like that. (As most angel stories in the Bible indicate).

I've laid down my glasses, and turned out my light at bedtime, and thought I saw a flash of light swoosh up to the ceiling. I've amused myself with the theory that my eye was quick enough in that split second after it was dark, to see an angel skirt.

He has sent me people to help me in times of great need. Times stranded on the highway are most vivid.

If God were truly to send me an angel made visible, I will probably cry out to Him in shock for grace to know what to do. If He doesn't show me one until I arrive in Heaven, that's okay too. That's my point; I'm already in frequent daily dialogue with God via His Spirit abiding in me. Why settle for less?

I suspect that many who crave angel sightings and visits have a secret longing for what is holy and perfect, and for a thrill that makes them elite, but they are not ready to come to God on His own terms.

I urge you to be one who focuses on Jesus and an intimate, albeit invisible relationship with Him. You will be served by angels of course, but you will have Jesus Christ for your best and most gracious Friend and Counselor!



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