The story of the shepherds is still blowing my mind. The very thought that the Angel of the Lord chose the humble outcasts to be among the first to hear the good news, boggles my mind. But then again, it was that humility that inspired an obedience that led to the cross:
“And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” – Phillipians 2:8
The good news that the Shepherds heard that day was two-fold: 1. The saving source of mankind had come into this world in bodily form. 2. That this coming is the defining ingredient of Joy. Little did we know, that His Joy wasn’t just in his arrival, but in the details of His departure.
“…who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame…” – Hebrews 12:2
This redefinition of Joy is a game changer. It realigns our motives. It removes our expectations. But most importantly, it replaces the pride of our receiving with the joy of our giving.
This Christmas, let the Joy of your salvation speak on behalf of your lack or abundance. Let the Joy of the Arrival of your Savior speak whether you gave much, gave a little or couldn’t give at all. Be content. Be humble. But above all . . . Be Joyful!
– Pastor Hector