“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
What a marvelous opportunity these shepherds had to be the first to KNOW about the birth of the Christ child and the first to have a message to share with others. V. 17 tells us: “And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.” On the way back to their sheep they could not CONTAIN the good news they had just witnessed. I would like to have seen the faces of these shepherds as they met someone and began to tell them Who they had just seen.
This message was a WORLD-CHANGING message. God did not allow these words to be put here to simply fill space on a page. He intended for US to read them too. So here is the question we must answer: “Who have we told?” The ordinary common folk (the shepherds) couldn’t wait to tell others they met of Who they had just seen.
It seems so sad to me that God’s people today are afraid that someone MIGHT be offended if we tell them about the Christ. Christ IS the hope of the world. Christ IS the answer to questions dealing with eternity. Christ CAME to be the Savior of the world. But “untold millions are still untold.”
One of the wonders of Christmas is to watch family members open a package we gave them and react with joy. Children’s faces are especially reflective of their happiness as they discover something they WANTED but weren’t sure they would GET it.
The gift God gave the world over 2000 years ago was THE gift we needed most and some still don’t know it. Could we set a goal for the new year of 2017 to ask God to give us an opportunity at least once a week to share our faith in Jesus with someone who doesn’t know Him? Just my thoughts …