Devotion Text

Luke 2:16-20

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 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. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

After an angel brought the news to the shepherds, a large number 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.

Father, thank you for loving us so much that you gave your one and only Son. This Christmas 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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