The Diligent Shepherds!!!
Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. …… Luke 2:8-10
In our previous study, we saw how God ordered the Birth of Jesus in Bethlehem by causing the Ruler to give a census decree. We also saw how there was no room for Jesus to be Born except in a Manger. Signifying His rejection by the people of the world. Here we see how an Angel appeared to Shepherd in the field to bring them the Good news of Salvation.
Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. : Even if others refuse to give Jesus a room, yet there are those who have their hearts opened to receive Him. Simple people not the great Bible scholar. Simple Shepherds who are faithful in their Earthly duties. People who are diligent in their place of Work. Although it was night, yet they keep watch over their sheep. God never calls a lazy person to His service. If You are lazy, forget it, you may walk through Life and never experience any supernatural visit from Heaven. God called Moses when He was keeping sheep in the desert(Exodus 3::1-2). The same David was anointed King after He was called back from where He was keeping His Father’s sheep. Peter, James and John were called when they were in their fishing boat with their nets(Matt 4:18-21). Matthew was called while He was sitting in the Tax office. God seek to speak to simple people who are faithfully doing their Earthly duties. Ordinary people despised by others. This should give all of us great hope that, “You as a very simple person, that if you fear God and remain Humble. If you have a Hunger and thirst after God, no matter where You are doing your job, He will speak even to you the Good news of Salvation.” Let us therefore remain faithful in our Job and keep our Hearts open to hear from the Lord.
And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. .: It is amazing to notice that each time the Angel appeared to people, they always say, “Don’t be Afraid”. Man is always afraid since the day He fell at the Garden of Eden. When we see the Glory of Heaven, we become afraid because we are conscious of our Sins. But the word of God to us is, “Don’t be afraid”. These were words that was on the words of Jesus very often. A word that we need in these days. God always come with Good news, there is no bad news from Heaven. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning(James 1:17)” The bad news is on Earth. From Heaven, Every word is good news. Every word in the Bible is good news. And to all those who have ears to hear like these simple Shepherd in the field faithfully doing their Job, God brings Good news. Let us therefore Look towards Heaven and cast away all fears for God only brings us good news of Great Joy.
Dear Friend, God is still in the business of sharing good news of Salvation. And He is seeking for simple ordinary people who are faithful with what they are doing presently. Are you faithful at Your place of Work? Are you diligent or lazy with the Job the Lord has given you for now. Even if it is the Job of keeping Sheep, a very dirty Job. If you are not faithful there, then I doubt if you will ever get a visitation from Heaven. Let us therefore be diligent and faithful in what we find our hand doing and keep our Hearts open to the Lord and He will visit us with good news. May the Lord give us Grace to be found ready for His Visitation(Amen). God bless You. Have a blessed day.
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The Diligent Shepherds!!!