And in that region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. . . And suddenly. . . Luke 2:8
The shepherds were changed forever by what they witnessed so long ago in Bethlehem and you can be transformed by the Christmas message as well if you are attentive, the first “A” lesson of Christmas. There will be five Lessons of the Shepherds in the coming weeks.
Lesson 1. Be attentive to what God has called you to do.
The lowly shepherds were faithfully tending sheep, not a very glamorous job, but God noticed their diligence and rewarded them with the announcement of His Gift to humankind—our Lord and Savior. The implied message for us is to do whatever task is before us to the glory of God. All work—every chore—is sacred if done with the right attitude. God can appear to you at the kitchen sink. He appeared to Moses in a burning bush. To Elijah hiding in a cave whose spirit was very fragile at this point, God spoke gently. Elijah knew all about the big stuff, because God had used him to do mighty, spectacular things. Now God wanted him to listen and be attentive to His voice when the situation seemed hopeless. Friends, I want you to know down deep in your heart that God sees you. You are not invisible. And when you need Him the most, He whispers encouragement. Listening for His voice,