“And the Shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.” Luke 2:20(ESV)
The shepherds were just like their sheep in many ways. They were wanderers in need of someone to direct them. It makes perfect sense why God could reveal the Messiah to them first as their response goes from fear, to curiosity, to faith and on to vessels. As we see from Luke 2:20, the shepherds’ encounter with the newborn Jesus compelled them to praise God. I am sure that carried over to them telling all of the other shepherds they encountered and anyone who would be willing listen.
Points to Ponder:
What are we compelled to do within our family this Christmas? Are we being more vocal about the hustle and bustle of the season or are we praising God for what Christmas is all about? Are we looking at our family gatherings as just another time where we come together or are we looking at them as opportunities to be used by God? You see, we are all sheep needing a Shepherd and when we understand Jesus as the true Shepherd, He will make us into Shepherds of those near and dear to us. Our family is in need of the Shepherd, and what greater time than Christmas to commit to leading them to the true Shepherd, Jesus Christ. May we praise and thank God for coming into this world and like the Shepherds, let our lives glorify God.
God, thank You for being our Good Shepherd. Thank You for calling me to lead others to You. Create opportunities for me to share the gospel with those in my life and anoint my words to penetrate even the hardest of hearts. Thank You, Jesus, for being all that we need. Amen.