“An angel of the Lord appeared to them… and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.’”Luke 2:9-10
He selected a handful of rugged shepherds to receive the great Christmas message. What a gift to these simple men, living on the fringes of society. Notice that the encounter moved them from fear to boldness as they saw Jesus and recognized who He was: “When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them” (v. 17-18). They went from the fringes to the center of the story of redemption.
When we encounter the glory of the Lord, we are forever changed to be influencers, visibly used by God to bless others, regardless of our circumstances.
Pray for the faith to see how God might be using you, even in the areas in which you feel weak, vulnerable, or on the fringes.
Bible In A Year
- Nahum 1-3
- Proverbs 24
- Revelation 3-5