ASSUMING SOMEONE ELSE’S ROLE
If you could choose the life of one Bible character, which would it be? Would it be Joshua, who led the children of Israel into Caanan, or Noah, who walked close enough to God that he was chosen to survive the great flood?
Perhaps it would be Moses , whom God gave the ability to perform many acts to get the children of Israel released by Pharoah, and experience the miraculous experience of crossing the Red Sea on dry ground, while it came back into its banks, and covered the Egyptians who were chasing them?
Or, would you rather be Abraham, who was the father of all nations? Of course we often think of the wonder of the disciples as they walked with Jesus, or Mary who gave Him birth. Maybe you would like to have been David, “a man after God’s own heart, “or the Apostle Paul who made Jesus known to the Gentiles.
As I have meditated on these thoughts, I truly believe that I would have enjoyed the simple life of the shepherds, who cared for their sheep on the green hillsides, enjoying the beauty of the clouds and the sky. This may be due to the fact that I had some sheep when I was young, and enjoyed rollicking with them in the great outdoors. They were great playmates.
Well, I wouldn’t want to be just any shepherd; but one who was on that hillside near Bethlehem, the night of Jesus’ birth.
I can imagine the stillness of that night, as the sheep were settled down for the night and the shepherds perhaps were sitting around the dying embers of a little campfire. The stars were shining bright, and the men were discussing the events of the day, when suddenly, all thoughts were interrupted as the Angel of the Lord appeared and they were engulfed with piercing light as the Angel announced the birth of Jesus Christ.
Then, when the angel was joined by many angels in chorus singing “peace on earth, good will toward men,” it had to be an awesome experience.
Can you even imagine the fear, and yet amazement of such an experience” Can you imagine the joy that filled their hearts, and astonishment of it all, the joy that filled their being as they went to Bethlehem and were the first to see the King of King and the Lord of Lords?
I’m sure the shepherds felt unworthy of this amazing experience.
Well, someday, I know that I will have the opportunity to gaze upon the face of my Savior, feeling just as unworthy as the shepherds did on that night of nights. I will see sights which I’ve never seen before, and meet some of those shepherds who experienced the overwhelming presence of God Himself, on that lowly hillside.
Yes, if I could choose a common man with an uncommon experience, I would have been one of those shepherds on that night of pure love; but God chose me to be me, and cared enough to give me a special task on this earth, to make Christ known to all nations. I hope to live so that I may hear His Words, “well done, thou good and faithful servant.”
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