“The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told” (Luke 2:20).
The Christmas season is a prime time for the witness of Christ-followers. That’s true for at least two reasons. First, this time of the year we need to tell this great story. God broke into history. He stepped out of heaven and into our world in the person of His Son Jesus Christ. The Father sent His Son into the world that the world, through Him, might be saved. That’s good news that must be told this Christmas season.
Second, this time of the year people need to hear this great story. Everywhere we turn there’s tension in the air. Nothing magnifies the driven, materialistic nature of American society like a Christmas shopping season. Nothing magnifies the loneliness that many people feel like the Christmas party season. People need to hear the life-changing story of the coming of Christ.
The shepherds who visited the scene of Jesus’ birth serve as great role models for us. Having witnessed the extraordinary thing God had done, they then became witnesses of the extraordinary thing God had done. Here are a few practical ways to do that this season:
- Send Christmas cards with a simple Gospel message in the greeting.
- Go out of your way to be kind to sales clerks. They are the brunt of much of the tension during this shopping season. A kind word can open the door to telling them about the peace you have in Christ.
- Invite non-believers to our church’s Christmas concerts or Christmas Eve service.
- Help children stay focused on the spiritual meaning of Christmas. Don’t let them lose Jesus among all the Christmas wrappings and decorations.
- Invite neighbors to your home for some Christmas snacks; show them that Christ is central in Christmas for you.
So let’s be like the shepherds of old and go our way glorifying and praising God for all He has done in sending His Son to be Immanuel … God with us.