The work that night began like so many others, but became a night like no other.
Perhaps God saw the shepherds and broke into their world to announce that He had, in fact, entered the world. The shepherds’ terror was met with reassurance. The message was clear. God is faithful. He had not forgotten His people. The one about whom Isaiah, Micah, and Malachi prophesied had arrived. Perhaps God intentionally used the lowly shepherds, forgotten and overlooked at work, as the first people ever to tell others about Jesus.
Joy is the centerpiece in the announcement of the birth of the Savior. “Good news of great joy for all people.” Joy is also an indicator of spiritual health and the New Testament mentions is about 100 times. Unfortunately, some management styles, workplace cultures, and the demands for production leave us feeling forgotten and overlooked at work, even to the point that we might begin to think that God has forgotten us, too. When we start to go down that road, frustration, pessimism, and despair soon follow.
But God has not forgotten us. He not only knows where we are and the work we are doing, but wants to break into our world to announce that He has entered the world. God is faithful. When we remember that, and really take hold of it, joy will burst forth.
Regardless of your job role, industry or societal status, God has chosen to use you in the world today. Like the shepherds, we are called to be heralds of this good news of great joy, proclaiming God’s goodness and faithfulness, through words and actions, to everyone we meet.
Jesus, thank You for breaking into my world to give me the opportunity to know You. Fill me with the joy of one having just been rescued, saved from certain death. Help me to boldly share the reason for my joy others who need to know You. Amen.
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An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
– Luke 2:9-12
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