Most of us know the Christmas story. However, a couple new things stuck out to me when reading the Christmas story this year:
They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. After seeing Him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished… The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. – Luke 2:16-18; 20
Most people talk about the worship aspect, how the shepherds were low on the socio-economic ladder, or even how there was no room at the inn, but how many of us focus on what the shepherd did AFTER meeting Jesus?
First, the shepherds told everyone what they had experienced. Don’t skim over that. Hearing the good news and seeing the Savior caused them to share their experience with others. One thing we should learn from the Christmas story is those that hear the good news of the Messiah and meet Him should tell everyone they know. Some will reject the message but some will be astonished and seek Him for themselves.
The second thing, that is a very simple truth yet may be profound, is the shepherds went back to their flocks. This statement by itself it seems so unimportant. No one would make it their memory verse yet there is a profound truth here hidden in the mundane. God has already placed you in your mission field.
Many people want to be in “full-time ministry” but the truth is you already are. The shepherds, were shepherds. They went back to their jobs and we may infer, continued to tell everyone they met about Jesus. The Metalsmith who made their shears would hear, the other shepherds they would pass in the fields also. Maybe the farmers whose lands they would buy water rights from would end up seeking the Savior or the tent maker’s wife would hear the good news. The point is this, they went back to their simple lives and brought the wonder of that first Christmas with them.
We need to do the same.