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Unexpected Messengers

Sunday, December 20, 2020

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Luke 2:20 – And the shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them.”

There is a lot of scholarship that suggests in Jesus’ day shepherding was considered an undesirable occupation with those of poor reputation. Yet it was to shepherds the angels were sent to announce the birth of Jesus Christ. Why?

It seems to me that when a person is made to feel unworthy by society’s standards, they are most grateful to be considered worthy by God of divine revelation. If I care too much about society’s view of me, there is a tendency to make divine revelation about me and my righteousness. Would you go to social media, or try to monetize your experience with a best seller, if you were given a tremendous revelation from God? There is a reason Jesus told his disciples to pray in private and to avoid advertising their giving to the poor (Matt. 6:3, 5). He understands there is something in us that is tempted to do good things for all the wrong reasons. Instead of wanting to bring glory to God, we want the praise of man to come to us.

“God is opposed to the proud but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6-7).” While we are impressed by titles, and outward show, let us not forget that God is impressed by humble hearts. Just as shepherds announced Jesus’ birth, women who were not allowed to be educated, or testify in court, announced Jesus’ resurrection. Let us be careful to consider that divine proclamation will often come through the ignored and marginalized of society whom the religious pharisees look down on.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, my Lord Jesus Christ, help me to humble myself daily in your presence and recognize everything is a gift from you. I am not worthy, only you are worthy of all praise, glory, and honor. To you be the glory now and forever, Amen.