God loves to operate differently from the world’s perspective. He doesn’t honor people for the same reasons the world honors them. He values faithfulness over fame and humility over power. On the night of His greatest miracle, instead of revealing it first to kings or world leaders, God sent an angel to tell common shepherds. Luke 2:8 tells us that the shepherds were “living in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks.” It’s worth noting that these men were devoted workers, living next to their sheep and caring well for the things they’d been entrusted to steward. The shepherds were of low social status, but they were faithful people, and God chose them to be the first recipients of the greatest news in history. Then, they were at the front of the line to meet the Son of God in person!
If you are feeling unimportant or overlooked today, don’t stop investing in what God has given you to do. Even if you feel your task is small, give it everything you’ve got. Don’t be discouraged! God is looking for people who will be faithful with little so that He can entrust them with more. Whatever you’ve been assigned to do today, do it with all your might. God sees your diligence and rewards those who faithfully complete the task in front of them.
Prayer: Father, thank You for placing value on what the world seems to overlook. No matter what task You give me, I commit to working at it with all my heart. Help me not to get discouraged by worldly standards, but instead remember how You chose the humble, hardworking shepherds to be the first to know about the miracle of Christmas. Like the shepherds, thank You for choosing me to be a carrier of Your Good News. And thank You in advance for giving me more as I’m faithful with what You’ve entrusted to me.
Luke 2:8-9 That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. 9Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified.
1 Corthinthians 1:28 God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers Important.
Ephesians 9:10 Whatever you do, do well. For when you go to the grave, there will be no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom.
Colossians 3:23 Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.