When I read through Luke’s account of the Christmas Narratives several very encouraging truths jump out at me. I’m going to try to share one each day this week, as we celebrate the advent of Jesus!
First, God does the most extraordinary things in the lives of ordinary people who are being faithful to do what He has given them to do. Consider Zechariah. He was just being faithful to his duties in the temple when he was surprised by a visit from Gabriel (Luke 1:11). The shepherds were just out in the field doing the ordinary things they do everyday, watching sheep. They were just being faithful to do what God had given them to do when suddenly God chose them to be the ones He surprised with a word that changed everything. (Luke 2:8-20) We could say the same about Joseph (Matthew 1) and Mary (Luke 1), and many others in this story and throughout history. They weren’t trying to become some spiritual superheroes, or trying to make history, but by His choice God suddenly surprised each of them by pulling them into HIStory, and each of them in a moment when all they were doing was the same old sometimes mundane task of daily, faithfully doing what God had given them to do.
What has God given you to do? Are you a Pastor? Convenience store worker? A Mother? A serviceman? Are you a servant? An encourager? A card writer? An intercessor? Are you a student? A mechanic, a homemaker, or a peace officer? If you are uncertain what God has given you to do, ask him, look, and listen. But whatever He has given you to do, do it! Do it with excellence, do it when its boring, do it when its challenging, and even if it’s not, just do it and do it faithfully. Just like Moses tending his father-in-law’s flocks on the backside of the wilderness, (He probably wasn’t even praying for a burning bush that day!) be faithful to do what God has given you to do and you will be amazed how God uses that to put you at the right place at the right time. God does extraordinary things in the lives of ordinary people when they are simply faithful to do what He has already given them to do. We get surprised, He gets the glory, and the world gets changed one life at a time.
Go be faithful,………and smile while you’re t it. Everyday is Christmas when you live like this!