As I thought and prayed about writing a Christmas devotion, I felt God wanted me to focus on the shepherds.
Following the shepherds leads to a joyful challenge.
It seems that often the shepherds are overlooked. Maybe because they don’t seem as interesting as the wise men who followed the star. We picture the wise men in royal robes surrounded in mystery.
The shepherds were uneducated men of low status. They would certainly not stand out in a crowd. These ordinary shepherds bring to mind a lowly shepherd boy by the name of David. He was not special in appearance but God selected him to become King. But more importantly, the shepherds remind us that Jesus is the Great Shepherd who will be returning as King of kings and Lord of lords.
Please open your Bible to the familiar passage Luke 2:8-14
As far as we know these shepherds were not looking for or expecting anything out of the ordinary on that night, as they were caring for their flocks. But, their lives were forever changed in a moment, when their eyes moved from watching sleeping sheep to seeing and hearing angels!
When the angels left them and went back into Heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Now let us go straight to Bethlehem and see this thing which the Lord has made known to us.”
So they came as fast as they could and they found Mary and Joseph—and the baby lying in the manger. And when they had seen this sight, they told everybody what had been said to them about the little child. And those who heard them were amazed at what the shepherds said. But Mary treasured all these things and turned them over in her mind. The shepherds went back to work, glorifying and praising God for everything that they had heard and seen, which had happened just as they had been told. Luke 2:15-20 J.B. Phillips
As soon as the angels leave, the shepherds go without delay to find Jesus. We don’t know what they said or how they reacted when they saw newborn baby Jesus lying in a manger. I am guessing that they knelt in silent worship.
Next, they begin telling everybody. Then they go back to work. This amazing beyond description experience has just been theirs but yet they have to return to the same old life. What is different is inside of them. They return to work but they are glorifying and praising God!
- Go (went as fast as the could to see Jesus)
- Tell everyone
- Return (shepherds went back to work)
- Glorifying and praising God
Time for some life application:
Ask yourself 4 questions to find out if you’re responding like the shepherds
Am I going to Jesus about everything? (prayer)
Am I telling everyone about Jesus? (share)
Content in my present circumstances? (content & thankful)
Is my life glorifying God? (praise)
The shepherds have left us with a great plan to follow. I want to be like them.
- Eagar to spend time with Jesus
- Sharing the gospel with everyone
- Being truly content in my circumstances
- Living a praise-filled life that brings glory to God
Join me in following the shepherds to Jesus ♥
May your Christmas be blessed,
Keith & Kristyn Getty – Joy Has Dawned/Angels We Have Heard On High