An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. –Luke 2:9-10
TOP 10 Reasons Why You’d Never Make It As An Angel.
No. 10 No halos, and no harps.
That’s right. If your incentive for being an angel is to acquire some celestial fashion accessories, you can stop right there. The Bible makes no mention or halos, and of the 49 references to harps, none of them are played by angels. It’s not a thing!
No. 9 Wings are…kinda weird.
Wings are rarely mentioned in connection to angels, but Seraphim and Cherubim are described as mystical creatures with LOTS of wings. Not exactly the lounging on a cloud image we’re used to.
No. 8 Sorry, ladies…
The angels we read about in the Bible all appear to be men. Of course, a couple thousand years could have changed the requirements. The men are often portrayed wearing simple clothing, unlike Mr. Studly, above.
No. 7 You probably won’t get famous.
Unless your name is Michael, Gabriel, or Lucifer, you’ll likely go anonymous. Those are the only Angels named in the Bible.
6. One word: Drones.
I’m just saying…the friendly skies are a bit less friendly these days!
5. The Heavenly Host may not be what you think it is.
The phrase “Heavenly Host” refers to an army! The angels were God’s special troops, out on patrol. So think twice, before you enlist!
4. You have to work nights.
So did the shepherds, come to think of it.
3. THE ANGELS DIDN’T SING.
That’s right. No singing. But what about all our Christmas songs? Have we been lied to? Well, in the Bible the scripture goes like this:
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” –Luke 2:13-14
Catch that? Saying, not singing? That one really bothers me. When you get the whole Heavenly Host together for an announcement like this, I think there should be singing!. (Sorry, I’m not giving up “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”.)
2. Let’s face it: You’re no angel.
We tend to ascribe a certain level of holiness to the Angels, don’t we? Well, would we be good enough to be one? I don’t know. I’ve done a few devilish things in my life.
And the number one answer why you’d never make it as an angel. (Drumroll…)
No. 1. Their primary job is telling the Good News to absolute strangers.
Most of us tend to be weak in that area. We have trouble talking about it with our friends and family! Until we can learn to share our faith more fully, we’ll probably fall a little short in the Angel department.
Here’s one angelic thing we CAN do this season. We can keep four special words on our lips. And they are…
Those 4 words, “Do not be afraid”, show up again and again in the scriptures, and in the Christmas story, it’s the angels who deliver that message.
Do Not Be Afraid. How powerful are those words to hear? We live in a world that is paralyzed with fear this year. It threatens to block our experience of Emmanuel, God With Us.
Let me ask you this: If you can hear those four words and believe them, then could you take on the role of a Christmas Angel, and pass them on to someone else?
If we can make that our task these next days, I think there may be hope for us yet. Not to become perfect Angels, but to become true agents of Christmas. Messengers of Good News.
That’s it! May the season bless you richly for who you are,
and who you aspire to be.
Have a great week,