The shepherds were living in the fields and keeping watch over their flock. In the night, the angel of the Lord appeared to them surrounded in the glory of the Lord. The shepherds were terrified, but the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I have good news that will bring joy to all. A Savior has been born to you today in the city of David. He is the Messiah! He is our Lord! You will find Him as a baby wrapped in cloth and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:8-12 Paraphrase)
Can you imagine how bittersweet this night had been for the shepherds? First, they are shaking in their sandals from this glowing being in the sky, and next, they are rejoicing for the arrival of their Savior. All of these emotions are going around, and yet they make the great decision to take off immediately. They run for the city, and begin telling people that Jesus Christ was born. They reach them, and the news has already spread like wildfire.
It was like they had climbed a mountain and yelled it to the whole world.
Think about how great of a feat that was for them. Shepherds were not the most respected people, but God chose to send news of His Son to them. It’s interesting to see how this same behavior is reflected in Jesus when He picks His disciples. All throughout the Bible, God picks up underdogs and turns them into important tools for His kingdom. We all have great gifts that can be used. Some are evident, but others will be unexpected. Just like you, God knew something about this group of shepherds that others did not. He knew their faith, their excitement, and their love to talk. The life of sheep-watching probably had its moments of boredom, so it is easy to assume they could multitask. God used that! The whole time they were journeying to Jesus, they were talking! The news got out, and they did exactly what God knew and planned for them to do.
What does He know about you?
This Christmas, I want to encourage you to go tell it on the mountain. I don’t mean to just post cheesy Facebook photos or send out chain emails to everyone. I mean to completely live in the spirit of Christmas. Tell people about the meaning of salvation, and let your actions and talents promote the heart of Christ. Do not get lost in the presents or decorations, but be like a shepherd in the night. They were trembling and serving, and they were trekking and speaking. God used them as He saw fit, and I hope and pray that you will let Him do the same with you.