Saturday, December 25, 2010

Witnessing for Jesus as did the Shepherds

And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.  -Luke 2:20 (KJV) 

The Bible says that after the shepherds saw the Christ child that they went back to their work glorifying and praising God.  They also told anyone who would listen what had happened to them.  These men, humble shepherds, became among the first believers to go and testify to the coming of the Lord Jesus into the world.  The message they had heard and the wonder they had seen could not be kept to themselves.  They were compelled to tell it to others. 
On this Christmas Day will we consider anew our calling to do as the shepherds, and tell everyone around us what we have experienced with the Lord?  Being faithful to Jesus Christ means being His witnesses.  Being witnesses for Jesus is not contingent on people believing what we say.  Rather, we testify as to what we have experienced regardless of whether others believe us or not.  Ours is to tell the Good News.  God will do the convincing through the power of the Holy Spirit. 

Perhaps it’s early and your children are still sleeping, or maybe it’s late in the day and most of the Christmas festivities are over.  Whatever your circumstances, stop and again give thanks to the Lord for the greatest gift that was ever given.  Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord has come and provided salvation for all who believe.  Be counted in that number of the faithful. 

To all my faithful readers, may the Lord richly bless you on this Christmas Day.  Thank you for entrusting me with the privilege of sharing with you each day from God’s Word.  May you have a blessed and Christ-centered Christmas.

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