“And [Mary] gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
“And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
‘Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!’
“When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.’ And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child… And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.” Luke 2:7-17,20
It was another serene night, shepherds watching their flocks under a black sky dotted with stars. While eyes and ears were intent on their flocks, heart beats had slowed and bodies had settled into the slow amble of the cool night watch where all was quiet and movement was minimal. Suddenly, a blinding blaze of glory, a clear and crisp announcement, and a host of angels praising God! All would jumpstart their pulse and engage every sense, compelling them to action they’d never considered. Life would never be the same after they found Jesus.
Have we eased into complacency and ambled into dull senses in everyday routines? By regular repeated inaction, we can find it counter to our nature to respond to God’s call when it comes. Are we too settled in longtime habits to change direction, too sleepy in our thinking to awaken to His inspiration, too settled in our comfy places to break out of a provincial mindset? Will we die for lack of vision and risk losing our edge on responsiveness to Christ? (Proverbs 29:18)
The Lord calls us to energetic obedience, and ready willingness to change direction, gird up the loins of faith, make haste, and do good. His love constrains us to meet the needs of others, His mercy to extend grace among us. How willing are we to drop everything to run to and for Him? (2 Corinthians 5:14-15; Galatians 6:9-10; Hebrews 12:1-2; James 1:22; 1 Peter 1:13)
Lord, may I haste to You each day, eager to greet You, know You better, and love You more. Fill me and change me and compel me to Your good, unto Your glory.