December 19th 2020 – First Evangelists

So, they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. — Luke 2:16-18

I don’t know about you, but when I hear the word “evangelist” (which basically means one who shares/preaches the Good News — the Gospel about Jesus Christ), I think of Billy Graham, Billy Sunday, Dwight Moody…maybe you think of more modern examples like T.D. Jakes, Joel Osteen or Ray Comfort. Biblically speaking, I think of Phillip the Evangelist or Timothy, Paul or Peter. I don’t usually think of shepherds.

I mean, surely God could have found more credible, articulate and at the very least less smelly witnesses! But God chose these shepherds. And when they saw and heard the amazing witness of the Word of God, and the amazing Worship from the angels, this experience sent these ordinary men out with a testimony of God and His great love for all people.

And probably the most incredible part? The people — “all who heard” them were amazed. People actually listened to them! Why? Because when God shows up, really shows up, and amazes you…it is hard to argue with a real experience of God. Is it possible that on our journey of faith we tried to take someone else’s experience of God and make it our own? It was real to them, so we now use it as ours, but it somehow lacks the conviction and power that the person we gleaned it from had.

The Bible says in Acts 1:8, that the Holy Spirit of God would “come upon” the disciples (followers) of Jesus and would give them power to “be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” When you confess Jesus as your Lord and Savior, the Bible says you receive the same Holy Spirit that the disciples did (Acts 2:38-39). If this experience is real, there will be no doubt…people will be amazed, at your witness and your testimony (the story of what God has done for you). But if this experience is fake, imitated or borrowed from someone else…your life, your testimony, your relationship with God — all of these will lack power, authenticity and no one will be amazed.

Are people amazed when they hear what God has done in you? If not, how about taking the time to do in you what He did for those shepherds long ago? Invite God to begin a new journey in you today.

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