“After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished.” – Luke 2:17
We can learn from the shepherd’s story found in Luke 2.
Here we have a group of guys out in the clear air of night, talking, but watching over the sheep. This was not going to be an ordinary night, however: an angel appears to the shepherds. And while at first they are afraid and trembling with fear, the angel assures them, “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:10-12) And then the sky is filled with angels, glorifying God and singing.
The shepherds decide to travel to Bethlehem to see the Savior. The Bible says that they hurried. They are excited beyond belief. All they know is that this baby is lying in a manger in Bethlehem. They search excitedly until they find the baby they seek. After they find him, they go about telling everyone they meet about what they had seen, praising God all the while.
This is a powerful point. They shared what they saw. They shared their experience. One of the most powerful tools you possess is your own personal testimony. Why? Because it belongs to you. It happened to you. It’s your story. You experienced it—and the shepherds were no different. What they saw impacted their lives in such a way that they were compelled to tell everyone about it. They didn’t hire a PR firm to craft their message or enroll in communication classes. Their testimony was spontaneous. The shepherds spoke from the heart and their words connected with the deepest needs of others.
This Christmas, consider your own story. Look over the past year and ask yourself, “Where did I see God?” And then, think about who you might share your story with. Who might be blessed to hear about how God has worked in your life, whether it was extravagant or simple, whether you are still struggling or you’ve made it out of the valley. God has given each of us a story to share, and it’s as much God’s story as it is our own.
Give more than presents this Christmas. Give witness to Christ whose birth we celebrate this season.
- Telling your story can be intimidating. What are some concerns you have about sharing your faith with people you know?
- Who could you share your story with this Christmas season?