Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Back to Work With Joy!

The shepherds had just seen angels, heard their marvelous music, had seen the Christ. After that experience, we read that they "returned." With joy they returned to their common duty, attending sheep. Christian joy, unlike worldly joy, fits one for duty. This is because Christ brings joy; Christ brings joy into the performance of duty, and Christ would have gratitude expressed in work. How will you return to work after the holiday. We can best celebrate the birth of Jesus by returning to our every day duties with joy!

No doubt as they went about their tasks, those shepherds were joyful a very long time if not the rest if their lives thinking about what they had witnessed. Shepherds were the least in the community, and were relegated to work on the outskirts of town because of the smelly, dirty job they did. That they would be visited by angelic hosts, that the LORD would reveal himself as a baby to the likes of them, oh, what joy! God doesn't come in "showy" ways, but in "lowly" ways. This story should prompt us to always be ready. God just might show up on our jobs on any day, on any shift, even the night shift, at any time. He is Jehovah Shammah, the Lord who is present.   He is Immanuel, God with us.   Jesus saves!

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