Nearby in the fields outside Bethlehem…
40 Days of Hope-Day 37
Nearby, in the fields outside of Bethlehem, a group of shepherds were guarding their flocks from predators in the darkness of night. Suddenly a messenger of the Lord stood in front of them, and the darkness was replaced by a glorious light—the shining light of God’s glory. They were terrified! Messenger: Don’t be afraid! Listen! I bring good news, news of great joy, news that will affect all people everywhere. –
Every time I read the account of the shepherds in the field it reminds me God sees people differently than I do. Their value and worth not determined by who they are.
Shepherds were the outcasts of society. Even though they provided the most important part of the Jewish sacrificial system, the lamb.
God chose the least important to be the first to know the most important event the world would ever know, The Lamb has come.
This story tells me that when it comes to people God not only loves them all, (John 3:16) all are important to Him.
Rich or poor, great or least, young or old.
All can be forgiven no matter who you are or what you may have done.
At the end of it all He is going to throw the greatest party ever and wants you to know you are invited.
So whoever or wherever you are today.
No matter what your circumstances might be,
Chairman of the board or homeless on the street, the shepherds in the field are reminding you, you are loved and important to Him.
The Savior has come for all.