When’s the last time you heard some great news? I’m talking really, really good news! Not, “Oh, there’s a sale on donuts!” or “I found another french fry in the bag!” or “OOH! Pumpkin lattes are back!”. I’m talking news that set your entire body into shock and awe and excited silliness. Something along the lines of Steve Martin’s bit on Happy Feet and you get the idea. Do you remember the smiles, the laughter, the hopping up and down? The celebration of some sort that may have followed that good news?
Did you know God and His angels do this over us?
Jesus was someone who hung out with the “wrong” crowd. Prostitutes, beggars, tax collectors who stole frequently from everyone. Sinners. People who didn’t know or follow God. The “Bad” people. One time the religious leaders (think pastors, priests and theologians) complained about Jesus hanging out with these kinds of people, so Jesus told them a story:
“Imagine a woman who has ten coins and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and scour the house, looking in every nook and cranny until she finds it? And when she finds it you can be sure she’ll call her friends and neighbors: ‘Celebrate with me! I found my lost coin!’ Count on it—that’s the kind of party God’s angels throw every time one lost soul turns to God.”-Luke 15:8-10 The Message.
Think about this! There’s a party in Heaven when anyone turns to God. Angels are hopping around like Eagles fans after the Super Bowl. Angels are shouting for joy like they just got the Golden Buzzer from America’s Got Talent. Angels are high-fiving each other all because one person decides to walk the rest of their lives with Jesus.
In God’s eyes, we’re not “good” or “bad” people. We’re just people He wants to celebrate with! It’s like there’s a big piñata, a Heavenly piñata if you will, always in the air stuffed with the best candy and He’s offering all of us to hit it. His affection for us is so intense and so full, there’s no way we could measure His love for us. But, He’s always looking for that one guy or girl who desires to turn to God. He’s always ready with the party hats and cake.
God wants to bring us in to His celebrations and piñata parties, but it’s all up to us. We decide if we want to walk with Jesus or not. Even our free will is an act of love on His part. You can’t make someone love you, it’s their choice who to love. God wants us to come to that decision and follow after Him.
So, anyone want to make the angels sing?