Sharing Changed Lives - Day 2

Opening Prayer:

Lord, help me realize zeal for you as I read through this Scripture, amen.

Read: Luke 2:16-20 (NIV)

 “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 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.”

 

Reflect:

Have you ever been around grandparents at the birth of their first grandchild?  They go crazy and do things they never would have done with their own children.  Our first grandchild was a first on both sides of the family.  Our son-in-law’s mother was present for the birth of the grandson.  So, she was one step ahead of us in taking pictures and buying things.  We definitely rushed to catch up when we got there. 

Seeing this new baby changed our perspective on life and what was important to us as a couple.  He became the center of our conversations.  We wanted people to see pictures of him.  I put them up around the office for everyone to see how handsome he was.  I even bought a special wallet for his pictures. (This was pre-Facebook, so we couldn’t bore people with pictures as quickly as we can now!)  Like Mary, we treasured this young man and pondered his future in our heart. We also were glorifying God for bringing this bundle of joy into our hearts.

Seeing the Christ child changed the shepherds the lives, too.  It made them want to share what they had heard from the angels.  Everyone was amazed by what they heard from the shepherds.  What made this even more amazing was they were some of the lowest members of that culture.  They couldn’t even worship in the temple, yet their message amazed those that heard it.  They left the manger scene glorifying and praising God for all they had seen and heard.  The change brought on them by seeing the Christ child was evident to all.  Their message was spread to all who would listen. 

 

 Apply:

Do you remember when you met the Savior for the first time?  Maybe you were so excited by the event that you wanted to tell others about it.  Most of us are not “closet Christians” when we first meet him personally.  Think of yourself.  Do you still have that initial zeal you had then?  If not, what can you do to renew the excitement?  Examine your prayer life and your time in the Word.  A renewed focus on both can help you get your zeal back.

Closing Prayer:

Lord Jesus, help me to look at my life and see if I have changed from when I first took you seriously. Help me see how I can get my enthusiasm for sharing you back in my life.  In your name, amen.

Terry Schneider