Google+ 12/21/13 What Are We Waiting For?!

Luke 2:15-17

 

When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other,

“Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph.

And there was the baby, lying in the manger.

After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened

And what the angel had said to them about this child.

 

In part six of our nine-part devotion series entitled, "Taxes, Travel, and Temptations!" Luke details for all of us what the shepherds did next.  Notice that the angels left.  They came only to announce the birth of Jesus.  They did not come to lead anyone anywhere.  They were not sent to do the work.  God expected the shepherds to act on this new information.  Many times when God speaks in our lives, today through the Holy Spirit, He is only making an announcement.  We are to listen and then act.   As G.I. Joe says, "Knowing is half the battle!"  The shepherds didn't need a committee meeting or a caucus to determine what to do.  They simply announced that they would be obedient and travel to Bethlehem.  Make no mistake that this was certainly a leap of faith.  The shepherds were busy.  As we discussed, they could never leave their flocks alone.  They were on duty 24/7!  This message from God was so important that they didn't even think twice about what they should do, even though it might have cost them their shepherd jobs.  The Bible says they hurried to find Mary and Joseph.  They found baby Jesus exactly as the angel had said.  When was the last time we hurried to find Jesus?  If we listen to the Holy Spirit and go, we will find exactly what we have been promised.  Jesus was there and God gave every bit of information to the shepherds for their confirmation.  Don't miss the final part of the shepherds' obedience.  After they confirmed that Jesus was the Son of God, as explained by the angels, they told everyone.  What, no evangelism training?  Didn't they need a six-week class and a certificate?  Absolutely not.  They had all that they needed which was their testimony of what had happened and a convicted heart.  That is all we need in our fight against the dark side.  After we go to the manager and confirm what God has shared, it is time to go and tell everyone what we have seen.  Now that we know that we don't need anything but Jesus to testify, "What Are We Waiting For?!"