What I’m listening to: It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year by Andy Williams
We are halfway through our advent series!! As always, if you’re new, be sure to check out my previous posts in the series. The first post also has some additional information about our Advent devotionals. Now let’s dive into Luke!
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Luke 2:8-12 (NIV)
Have you ever met someone you felt was an amazing Christian? Like even if you tried really hard you would never be as good, or as important to God, as they are? Here in Luke, the shepherds were regular people with nothing special about them. The Bible never said that they were picked for being unusually good or holy. Yet they were told about Jesus’s birth before the (certainly deemed more important in society) Magi. The Lord knows your heart, and anyone can be just as good a Christian as the next person. No one is a more important person than the next in the eyes of God. Next time you find yourself wanting to be someone else, remind yourself that the lowly shepherds got to see the baby Jesus first. Just because the world, or even the church, might see you one way, it doesn’t mean that God sees you that way.
Prayer Prompt: Remind yourself that even if you are only a “shepherd” in the world’s eyes, you are worthy in the eyes of the Lord.