Character of Christmas: Angels
Angels were present announcing the coming Messiah. Shepherds gathered to hear their message of good news and great joy. The angels demonstrated a couple of important character qualities for us to integrate into our holiday and Christmas season. Read their story here:
8 In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened.10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; 11 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in amanger.” 13 And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”
Angels are created for worship.
The scriptures give us the picture that there are many created beings called angels. Arch Angels, Cherubim, Seraphim, and Principalities are mentioned throughout the Old and New Testaments. These angels serve to do God’s bidding and obey Him in all things. In so doing, they worship God. Worship is essentially doing what we were created to do. We were all created to worship God; the difference between us and many other created things is that we get to choose to worship God and how to express that worship. Since worship is a by-product of who or what we love, one can easily determine from watching our lives the object of our worship. These angels worshipped God and it was expressed in their obedience.
Angels are obedient in accomplishing God’s Will.
At one point in Eternity Past, there was an uprising of angels who chose to follow Lucifer. These angels were cast out of heaven along with Lucifer who became Satan. The other angels who remained with God proved their faithfulness and allegiance in worship as well as obedience to God’s Will. As angels appeared to the shepherds they obediently announced God’s message and they compelled others to worship along with them.
Angels are continually praising God.
Worship happens in innumerable ways. Not only is singing, being obedient, and living correctly ways to worship but we cannot forget the act of praise. Praising God with our lips and lives is a definite way to develop character in our lives. Praise is the act of saying back to God who and all He is. The angels in this passage proclaimed all glory to God. We must be sure we do this! There is no other God and our God is alone worthy of praise and worship.
Thoughts for reflection:
What elements or abilities do you use for worship to God?
Have you been tempted to use those things for worship of someone else or even yourself?
How can you demonstrate your obedience to God? In what way is God asking you to be obedient in delivering His message?
What qualities of God come to your mind as praiseworthy? What can you say back to God about who He is or what He has done?