Angels Looking In On Us


denise-croppedThe prophets who prophesied of the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired about this salvation; they inquired what person or time was indicated by the Spirit of Christ within them when predicting the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glory. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things which have now been announced to you by those who preached the good news to you through the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look. Therefore gird up your minds, be sober, set your hope fully upon the grace that is coming to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.*

I will not even pretend to be able to unpack this completely. But to know angels looked in on the early Christians, for whatever reason, is helpful. As far as I can tell, there is nothing rescinding this principle in Scripture, and by faith I believe that this is true today.

It’s humbling to think angels watch the work of God in His people.

We receive so many good gifts from God and it’s hard to see them sometimes, even when they’re clearly in front of us.

Do His people always act like they receive good gifts? No. Time must pass and God allows tests to come to those whom He loves. Conversely we are to test the spirits to see if they are of Him.**

God passes all tests. We are the ones with a learning curve. What marvelous grace He gives in the process of testing. We are not alone. Unity happens.

Angels are looking on.

Though we are to be selfless, God has not asked us to be anyone else. He has asked us to be ourselves with His help. A dear mature sister in Christ once told me, “Just be yourself.” How freeing that was.

When older generations bless the younger generations at every opportunity, unity happens.

Angels are looking on.

I have several memories of going to work with my father at the school of the Bible where his office was. There were 10 plus missionaries who had offices there as well. Fast forward to my early adulthood and my first witness of church conflict. I credit God for reminding me of my upbringing. Those memories sustained and strengthened me.

It was the memory of the men on the mission team standing around praying, prostrating their hearts and minds before Almighty God. They were praying for the work of the church at that point and in the future. As a young adult, I realized those early prayers were for me as well.  So I honor them, their hard and persistent work in building congregations, both spiritually and physically.

When the younger generation understands they stand of the shoulders of giants and so honor them at every opportunity, unity happens.

Angels are looking on.

Finally, I believe that angels are looking in on this blog. Who could have ever believed that an unknown could work with a giant among our brotherhood. I thank God for Gary and Claudelina Sorrells and their work for the spread of God’s Kingdom. This too is a testament to the unity anyone can have because of Jesus.

Angels are looking on.

So I ask myself, while angels are looking into God’s present work, how might my work best reflect my unity with God and His church?

Just wondering.

*I Peter 1:10-13, **I John 4:1

2 thoughts on “Angels Looking In On Us

  1. God be blessed ( ) my precious number one daughter, how insightful and cheering.  I have had two contacts today, one from you and the other from Andreia that both really, really lifted and swept my spirit clean.  God used you, and maybe angels had their hand in these two talks, too, maybe?  Just wondering, also………………….. Dad

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  2. Dad, It is so good to know you’re looking on too! My prayer is you continue to heal these weeks. I know God’s grace and His angels have been looking in on you as you continue strong in good spirit, faith and humor! Angels may have done some prompting with Andreia and myself, but the truth is we just love you. I know you’re not fishing for a compliment but I will take the opportunity to say before others what is so deserved. I am thankful you are my father. And as my uncle in the faith and your colleague David Mickey once said, “Angels must have been watching over the mission in Brazil,” as we were kept safe beyond our explanation. (David, sorry for “name dropping,” but I will only claim that I am giving credit where credit is due. Pardon the smiley face, but it gives me joy to know you read GR sometimes and might catch this post :-). Blessings – Denise

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