walk in the word
Category: God Can Use You
Think about it. We’re just regular people, aren’t we? We’re not much different from those described in the Christmas story in Luke 2:1-32. (It would be great if you could take a moment right now to read it before we go any further.) We see from these verses that God uses regular people, just like you and me. He doesn’t need superstars. Let me show you what I mean.
Take Joseph, for instance. He’s a regular young man and often overlooked and not appreciated for his part in God’s plan. He wasn’t the father of the child Mary was carrying, but he treated them with dignity and respect. All the strange events must have been confusing for him. Take a good look at Joseph. He’s one of those regular people we’re talking about—a great husband and father figure. Are you as patient and trusting as he was?
Certainly Mary was special for God to have chosen her, but she was also just a regular young woman. Afraid? Yes! Concerned? Absolutely! Away from home—no room for them at the inn. How were they to manage? Yet, God chose the perfect place for them. Does your world seem a little bit like hers? God calmed Mary’s heart, and He can calm yours, even right now, no matter what’s happening in your life.
Now, how about that innkeeper? He was a regular businessman—engrossed in taking care of everyone during the busiest time of the year. There was food to prepare, rooms to clean, guests to please. If you’re not careful, like the innkeeper, you’ll be caught up by the business and the “busyness” of the moment and miss what’s important. The innkeeper totally missed the significance of that special night.
Some of us are like the shepherds. We’d call them regular workers. They were out in the fields camping in the cold because it was the birthing season for the sheep. By today’s standards some of us might like an outside job like that. Back then it was considered a lousy job. Not many were lining up to be shepherds.
Do you feel stuck in a routine? A rut you can’t seem to get out of? A job you wish you didn’t have?
The angels told the shepherd not to be afraid and explained the situation. It was then that the shepherds broke their routine and hurried off to find the “Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). It was not coincidence that lambs were being born in the fields at the same time God’s Lamb broke into time and space. Maybe you need to take a serious look at what’s really important. Take a look at God’s Lamb, born in a barn.
Remember Simeon? A regular, old gentleman. He’d been given a very special and specific promise. We don’t know how long Simeon lived, but we do know he didn’t die until he saw the fulfillment of God’s promise—the Messiah. God made that promise to you too. He sent His only begotten Son to this bent and twisted planet to cover your sins with His blood. Only then could we be reconciled to God. Have you turned your life over to Him?
Where do you find yourself in the Christmas story? Which of the regular people in this biblical account is most like you? What will you do with God’s Son during this year’s celebration of his birth?
Be sure you’re at the right celebration. It’s easy to miss. One can get caught up in the revelry of the world’s party—a substitute for the Lamb. I pray that God will shower you and your loved ones with His blessings during this happy, joyous time.
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