And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
After an angel brought the news to the shepherds, a multitude of angels appeared in the sky, praising God and announcing the One who would bring peace. Now it was the shepherds’ turn. After visiting Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus, they returned to their fields “glorifying and praising God.”
What turns terrified shepherds into worshiping shepherds?
What turns fear to praise?
What turns spouses into godly husbands and wives?
What turns parents into godly moms and dads?
What turns students into those who share the message?
What makes businessmen and businesswomen do business with an eternal mission?
What turns darkness into light?
The answer to each question is simple. Seeing Jesus transforms our lives! Trusting in him reroutes our direction! An encounter with Jesus changes everything!
Talking to God
Father, thank you for loving us so much that you gave your one and only Son. This Christmas season may we demonstrate to all that an encounter with Jesus has changed our lives. In his name we pray. Amen.
For parents: Use the days with your children home on break for eternal purposes. Set aside time to have meaningful spiritual conversations with each one of them. If you have college-age children, don’t let the break go by without carving out time to learn how they are doing spiritually.
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