Go and Tell
By Cheri Cowell –
I fear we’ve taken an airbrush to the shepherd’s scene in the Christmas story account and have distorted one of the most beautiful, yet dirty and smelly pictures of God’s love. This was a lowly profession and these were not educated men. The scene would be similar to one of modern day construction workers settling down after a hard day, maybe cattlemen sitting down after a day of wrangling, or maybe a group of day laborers gathered around to tell stories of their day’s efforts.
These were common men, but men after God’s own heart, for when the angel appeared to them, they were afraid. They had reverential fear, however, their fears were allayed by the angel with the words to “Do not be afraid…a Savior has been born to you” And what did these lowly, uneducated men do with this knowledge? They dropped everything and ran to see this baby. Then, overcome by joy, they told “everyone” what they had heard and saw.
Are we so excited about our encounter with God that we can’t wait to tell everyone what we have heard and seen, or are we too worried about our lack of knowledge, or credibility, or full understanding of it all? The shepherds remind us to approach God with simple faith and then to go spread the word about what we know, trusting God will fill in the rest. God is not interested in our ability just our availability because the King of Kings is more than able to take our humble gifts and turn them into the greatest story ever told.
PRAYER: God, You are worthy of praise for including all people in Your birth announcement. Show me someone today who needs to hear this great story. Then help me tell them, simply, how You have made a difference in my life.
“When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them“ (Luke 2: 15-18 NIV).
Today’s devotion is by Cheri Cowell, who writes and speaks on topics of Christian discipleship. In addition to her books and articles, you can learn about her speaking ministry and sign up to receive her daily devotional at www.CheriCowell.com