And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:8-12, NIV)


(Adoration of the Shepherds –

The shepherds were at work that night just as they had been the night before. They had no idea that their lives were about to change – forever. Their workplace was outside, in the cold. They only had the light of the stars to work by as they protected their livelihood.

We don’t know why the birth of Christ was announced to a group of shepherds, but we do know that being a shepherd in that time was considered a lowly profession with no status or perks.

Why were these shepherds chosen to receive the “good news”? God could have chosen to make his birth announcement to any number of rulers, kings, or religious leaders. Instead He chose to meet the working class right where they were – in their workplace.

These were obviously men of great faith. They believed the angel who appeared to them, and they left their work to go to Bethlehem to see what God had done. After they had seen the baby Jesus, just as the angel said, they told everyone what had happened. These shepherds – working men (women) like you and me – were the first evangelists for Jesus.

How easy it is to lose ourselves in our work. Our jobs can be all-consuming. We may be tempted not to work as hard as we should because it is not challenging enough. But if we do that, we are likely to miss out when God shows up.

If you have ever wondered if God cares about what you do and where you work, your answer can be found in the shepherds who were at work on that very first Christmas eve!

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Enjoy your Holiday, “Working for Christ”!

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  1. Merry, merry Christmas! 🙂


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  3. Brook Says:

    A wonderful post about Jesus meeting the shepherds, the working class. *Thank you*.


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