Have you heard a group of elementary schoolchildren reciting “the Christmas story” from Luke? There’s nothing like it!
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. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:10-12)
Many adults can recite the story right along with them. That’s how familiar people are with the story of Jesus Christ’s birth.
As we read the Bible, we quickly discover that God is a “seeking” God. He sought out individuals, including Adam, Noah, Abraham, Mary, and countless others to accomplish His plans and bless His people. We are inspired in our faith when we explore how others respond to Jesus. As we look to the shepherds in the field, they are at first afraid, but then their fear was transformed.
A Christmas Story Response
- Belief: The shepherds said, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass” (Luke 2:15). They didn’t say, “Let’s go see if this came to pass.” They had believing hearts.
- Motivation: After hearing the news, the shepherds wanted to go immediately to Bethlehem. And once there, they shared their story with all who would listen (verse 17). Belief generated action.
- Praise: As the shepherds returned, they praised and glorified God for all that they had seen and heard (verse 20)
With faithful hearts, these shepherds responded to the good news of a Savior born in Bethlehem, acted on it, shared it with others, and praised God. As we look forward to celebrating the birth of Jesus tomorrow, let’s take a look at our response to this amazing news.
Object of Our Affection
I believe a Christian woman’s heart for God should be like a teakettle on a flaming stove burner—hot to the touch, visibly steaming, and audible. The heat of her love moves her to activity. Her passion for Christ—the object of her affection and enthusiasm—finds a voice.
We can do this by singing Christmas carols that exalt God and praise Him for the gift of Jesus. Our holiday decorations can point to Christ. We can read the Christmas story accounts in the gospels. And we can talk about Jesus’ birth with family and friends.
What’s your response to the Savior? How audible is your passion for Jesus? And how intense is the heat of your love for Him? This Christmas, let’s make sure that everyone within earshot of us hears about the great things God, who is mighty, has done for us (Luke 1:49)!
God, You seek my heart. May the truth of Christ turn my belief into action and praise. And may I always share with anyone who will hear the good news of You. Amen.
The presence of the Savior should inspire a fervent reaction in your soul. Does your passion for the Son of Man show? Are you glorifying and praising God for all you know and have heard?
Are others hearing of your passion for Christ?REMEMBER
This Christmas, let’s make sure that everyone within earshot of us hears about the great things God, who is mighty, has done for us