God's word in today's world

You’re an angel

A Christian Jewish professor told how he grew up on a kibbutz as an orphan. An American missionary visited the kibbutz and he was fascinated with the way in which the missionary lived. He was friendly, really cared, and focused on others. He lived as he believed.

The professor said that a few years later the Lord again sent an angel to him. This time it was a missionary from Korea. She did exactly the same as the American missionary and simply lived Jesus.

This time the professor felt compelled to cross the bridge from unbeliever to believer. This came about because of two people living their faith and not actually talking about it. The result was a leading professor who has a large territory in the academic world in Israel.

Each of these missionaries lived their command to show Jesus’ salvation to others in a foreign country. They sowed the seed, not through their words, but simply in the way they lived in that foreign country. See how powerfully God’s Spirit uses that!

God has many plans for many unsaved people and He wants to use ordinary people like us to make His plans work. I suspect that if these two missionaries had known that God had called them to be angels so that an orphan boy from a kibbutz would be saved and eventually become a world-renowned Christian professor, they would probably not have put up their hands.

Each of us has been instructed to be an angel in other people’s lives, and this starts with love and hospitality: 1Stay on good terms with each other, held together by love. 2Be ready with a meal or a bed when it’s needed. Why, some have extended hospitality to angels without ever knowing it!

It’s not that difficult. I can summarize it in one sentence: “Just be nice!” Is that so difficult to do? Make it enjoyable for others to come into your bubble. Care for others. Love others. Be hospitable, because that is what angels do.

That’s why I enjoy camping. When you arrive at a new camping site, people soon come to greet you and introduce themselves. As I was putting up our camp, I noticed some campers a lot older than me struggling to get their caravan’s foot to fit. Immediately I walked over to help. That’s what you do when you’re a camper.

It’s not hard to do. It’s enjoyable and energising. Even when things don’t go the way you want, the command remains in place. You may have to work harder, but keep on being nice to others. You will be an angel and it may result in a well-known person with a large territory crossing the bridge and becoming a child of God, and who will then make a major difference in the lives of many other people.

Hebrews 13:1-8

Is it really so difficult to be a nice person?
What do you have to do differently?
With whom do you need to be like that?

Father, thank you for this command. It’s actually not that difficult and can make a big impact on others. Please help me to always behave in such a way that other people want to be with me. I ask this in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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