Saturday, November 8, 2008
Give An Angel Something To Do
I have a recurring dream that there are millions of angels in jeopardy of losing their jobs in heaven. This dream borders on wacky because even though there's work in heaven, these angels just look bored. A continuous theme that runs through out is that all of us are supposed to have heaven right here on earth. In my dream the angels are literally loitering on streets paved with gold and their wings are in such disrepair from not being used. Picture that if you will, millions of angels sitting around the holy water cooler because there will be no work again today.
None of us know how long before the Lord returns. This doesn't negate the fact that a lot of us get saved and we think that is all we have to do. Just saying you're saved is just an insurance policy from eternal damnation. It's usually the same thing, selfishness and a concern for only our needs and wants. I believe the angels wish we would challenge them with something besides more houses and cars. Angels are only dispatched when we pray. Then marriages can be healed, families are reconciled, and dreams are possible. Their actions are invoked by our prayers. Our work is never done once we accept Christ. In actuality, this is just the beginning.
Angels do rejoice when a sinner is saved, but I bet they expect to be busy the day after salvation with our prayer requests. Meanwhile hosts of angels are lethargic and we are just sitting idly by staring at the clouds waiting for Jesus to appear. I say today we make sure not one angel is left with any work to do. We should be making sure we are keeping the angels gainfully employed by making sure they dispense God's goodness on every corner of the earth. My dream is both funny and troubling. The thought of all those angels collecting all that "Godly Unemployment" so soon when there is still so much to be done. If our national deficit is any indication, not putting angels to work could seriously bankrupt heaven.
We aren't praying anymore. We aren't even daring to ask God for what He desires all of us to have. We've become comfortable with just knowing heaven is the end result never expecting that more can be done especially on behalf of someone else. I'll even go so far as to say that even as Christians we don't always fully believe that God will do what He says for us. All of His promises sound good, but we conclude they must be true only for the other guy. We are scared to hope because the fear of being let down again is just too costly. We know what dashed hopes feel like. God wants us to come to Him boldly and give Him back His Word. Is there anything you know someone else has need of? I bet even God gets tired of hearing prayer requests for square footage and luxury coupes. Imagine the trickledown effect if everybody woke up each day with the sole intent of sending the angels out on unending job assignments.
I vote that we put these angels on the daily grind. I want to see halos and wings everywhere. I want see these things take place not just dream that they can. Everywhere we look in the world there should be joy. Prosperity, wealth and wholeness are not just for those who can afford it. It's paid for with our sincere and fervent prayers. Those angels should be kept so busy that we can't even see their halos. They should be knee deep in long work weeks, and unpaid leave.
I read in a book recently that "action in heaven begins only when we pray on earth". Yet I continue to dream about heaven and an assembly of angels never having to call in sick because the people of God aren't praying anymore. God seems to only be our source every 30 days when the bills are due. Are you responsible for sending the angels to an early retirement? Are you guilty of boring heavenly beings with the mundane task of making sure that you get yours first? Would it really be too much to ask for a hedge of protection around our world? How hard is it to ask the Lord to bless your enemies? Could you crucify your flesh and actually give an angel a "to do list" for someone else today? So don't be slacker, put an angel to work. Pray!