Be like the Shepherds

There are many people in the Bible that we can learn from when it comes to our walk with the Lord. Some people did bad things. Others did good things. The shepherds in Luke 2 were among the latter.

The story of the shepherds picks up in verse eight of Luke Chapter 2. Jesus has just been born, and the shepherds are somewhere in the area, abiding in a field and keeping watch over their flock by night. At this point, the angel of the Lord appears to the shepherds and informs them of Christ’s birth (verse 11) in Bethlehem. The angel of the Lord then kindly gives them somewhat specific descriptions on how the baby is dressed and, more importantly, what is being used as a bed (manger). A bit of praise then breaks out between the angel of the Lord and other members of the heavenly host, but once they are gone, the shepherds do not say, “That was awesome” and go back to their sheep. Instead, they make the decision to go into Bethlehem and see the baby. Moreover, the Bible says they go with haste unto Bethlehem. After seeing the Christ child, the shepherds go and tell others in the region about what all they witnessed that night. The shepherds are also described as glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them (Luke 2:20).

This is how we should act with the Lord. We should go and tells others about Jesus, not only during Christmas but all throughout the year. We should also tell others what we have witnessed thanks to His presence in our lives. In doing so, we would be glorifying and praising God. Think about it. When is the last time you really did that? I will be honest with you and say some things get in the way. Actually, I allow some things to get in the way. When I do take something away from a sermon or Bible reading, I occasionally make haste and grab my family to get out the door and find something to eat. Could I have invited the waiter or waitress to church? Yes. Should I have passed on the things that I heard and saw in church? Absolutely. Did I? Not always.

The shepherds could have been like us and thought ‘wow’ before going back to their bleating sheep. They did not. The shepherds decided to let the sheep fend for themselves and traveled into town to see the Christ child. Afterwards, they relayed the events of that night to people they encountered. Learn from the shepherds and the examples they set, perhaps even inadvertently. We should make steps to be near Jesus, and not just at church, but in all areas of our lives. We should also tell others about what’s going on in our walk with the Lord. In doing so, we are glorifying and praising God. Just like the shepherds.

Chris Woodward

Assistant Editor, One Million Dads
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