Devotional 19th December 2018
While Shepherds watched…
‘‘And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, I bring you good news of great joy…”’ Luke 2: 8
Do you ever think of yourself as too ordinary for amazing things to happen to?
Do you believe that God will always choose the most obviously ‘spiritual’ people to give His important messages to and do His works through?
God wants you to know this Christmas that He has no favourites and no one can be too ordinary for Him to touch and use in amazing ways.
The very first message of the birth of Jesus was given to the most ordinary of people, simple, uneducated shepherds living out in the fields. They were just doing their job on an ordinary night and had no expectation of anything different happening then or ever. Shepherds were culturally despised as the lowest of the low in the social pecking order. They were not big players on the world stage; they had hardly any contact with people and no social standing yet it was to these very men that God chose to make this stupendous news known.He sent them an angel to speak to them personally and to comfort them when they reacted in fear and then gave them the awesome privilege of witnessing the heavenly choir worshipping God and meeting baby Jesus in person. How incredible and wondrous. But equally wondrous is the fact that God chooses you and me too. Just as He spoke to those shepherds and opened them up to something they’d never dreamed of, so He loves and longs to speak to us. He doesn’t look upon us with human eyes and doesn’t care about things like social standing or even how spiritual we appear. What He cares about is making His love and presence known to us, His children and that is the greatest Christmas gift we can ever receive. He chose those shepherds for an awesome experience and wonderful purpose to make His love known to mankind. He loved them and wanted them to be part of all He was doing.
He loves you in that same way and has chosen you to be part of all He is doing in this world today too.
Don’t let your sense of being too ordinary rob you of the joy of hearing God’s voice, experiencing His love and knowing Him using you in amazing ways this Christmas and in the coming year.
Remember, God spoke His first message of the birth of Christ to ordinary men in the middle of an ordinary night. He was born in a stable and laid in a manger, just ordinary rough buildings and utensils yet His presence was there and He will come to you in a similar way. One day when I was packing yet another suitcase for going away with Marilyn, I was mentally ticking off all the items that needed to be packed. It was such an ordinary job but suddenly He spoke through it with a loving personal message. He said, ‘Just as surely as you know every detail of what you need to pack for the concert tour, so I know and am putting within you all you need to equip you to be all I’ve called you to be. You need never feel you are lacking as every detail has been lovingly ‘packed’ into the suitcase of your life, by me.’ I was stunned and so deeply encouraged by this word and amazed that He spoke through such an ordinary job as packing a case!
May you know the joy of Him being with you, His wonderful peace and love ever present in all you are and in all you are doing this Christmas.
Immanuel - God with you.
With love and blessings for 2019,
Tracy, Marilyn and Rachel