They fly around worshipping God, they do the bidding of man, they carry swords and beat the tar out of demons. But angels have one particular hobby that is… just a little bit weird.
On occasion, an angel will come to earth, dress up as a normal human, and… ask Christians for favors.
“Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” (Hebrews 13:2)
I know. It’s pretty weird, right?
It’s almost like a supernatural version of Guess Who?. That homeless guy with the shopping cart outside of Arby’s? Might be an angel. The Vietnam vet with the cardboard sign? Might be an angel. Sure, it’s possible he’s just a boring ol’ human who’s going to use your spare change to buy a pack of cigs (which apparently is what all homeless people do if you ask the internet), but who knows? Maybe it’s a guy who’s just down on his luck. Or better yet, maybe he’s really a six-winged angel with a sword made of fire, who happens to be taking his annual two-week vacation in downtown Los Angeles (it is the City of Angels, after all).
The point is that it’s not our responsibility to only help those who we deem worthy of help. God saw fit to help us when we weren’t anything close to worthy of it (Ephesians 2). And then when Jesus commissioned us, He told us, “Freely you have received. Freely give.” (Matthew 10:8)
So let’s make a game out of it. Let’s see who can entertain the most angels by the time we get to heaven. And spoiler alert: if you only help your friends, your grand total will be zero.
I don’t know about you, but I intend to set the new high score.