The angels were the first evangelists. They were God’s messengers, bringing the good news of God’s Son to the lowly shepherds.
“I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be for all people!”
Now the shepherds would become the first human messengers. We’re told, “All those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds.”
Do I respond to the good news and the opportunity to be its messenger like the shepherds did?
We find first that they “came with haste and found Mary and Joseph.” They wasted no time. They were quick to respond. They acted immediately on the opportunity!
When I’m given an opportunity to be a messenger of the good news, do I act?
We then see that they “made widely know” the good news about the child. You get the impression they were telling everyone they could. The news was so good, so amazing, they couldn’t keep it to themselves.
Do I share the good news of God’s love, unrestrained, unable to keep it in, ready to burst with joy and amazement?
Finally, we see how the shepherds felt about the privilege given to them. They were “glorifying and praising God for all the things they had seen and heard.” The truth is, when I do open my mouth and share the good news, this is the same emotion I feel. I’m awed by the privilege. I’m grateful to be used by God as His messenger. I glorify and praise Him!
May I do just that today! Like the shepherds, may I bring the message of the good, joyful news of the Savior to those He places in my path.
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