Do you remember when you first met Jesus? Being raised in a Christian home with godly grandparents I was introduced to Jesus at a young age. By the age of 4 I knew that I would never be good enough to be worthy of heaven and asked Jesus to be my Savior. His cross was the bridge that would allow me access into His heavenly kingdom.
Even though I knew all the stories, memorized all the verses, went to Bible college and was even on staff at a church, there was a moment when it was as if I was introduced to Jesus for the very first time during my adult life. Wouldn’t you know… it was during a time when everything around me was falling apart.
I will never forget that night sitting alone on my bed reading a book that had been on my shelf for at least ten years. It was all about God’s faithfulness and that I needed to trust that what He says in His Word is actually true. The story of Joshua ran through the pages with the words “Be strong and courageous…Do not be afraid… I am with you… Keep my words before you and do not turn away from it… meditate on it day and night… then you will have success…” (Joshua 1:7-9) These statements brought me to crossroad where I knew I had a choice to make.
At that moment I realized that Jesus had to be everything in my life or I would continue to be nothing. And that’s the moment everything changed and I have never turned back.
What do you do when you meet Jesus? Well, you tell others about Him. You can’t help it and they can’t help but notice. When Jesus is IN you, He’s ON you, all over you, and your world will know.
That’s exactly what happened to the shepherds! We are told they take a moment to discuss what they should do after being told the news of Jesus’ birth from an angel. Maybe they thought… “we better go and do what the angel said because if we don’t they might just come back!”
So they go with haste, they hurry up, and find Mary, Joseph and the baby who is lying in a manger.
At that moment, the most ordinary of people were the first to be introduced to God in flesh. The Lord of creation and King of the universe was helplessly lying on a bed of straw and the watchers of the sheep were invited to worship.
We are told that when they left, they tell everyone they see about the baby they had just met in a manger… they couldn’t help it. Just as the angelic host proclaimed “glory to God,” the shepherds announced their news to anyone who would listen… praising God for sending His Son, the promised one.
God calls ordinary people and makes them extraordinary.
He calls those who are unknown and allows them to make His Name famous.
He calls the shepherds and introduces them to the King of Kings.
He calls you and me…
He gives us His Son….
He gives us our story…
and asks us to tell our world.
Share your story with someone today.
If you don’t have a story of finding Jesus I pray today you will seek Him with all your heart. If you seek Him… you will find Him… and your story will change your world!
15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.