And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, "Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger." -Luke 2:8-12Don't you find it a tad bit odd, yet at the same time wonderful, that out of all the people God could have told of His Son's birth first, He chose lowly shepherds? Shepherds were not thought highly of back then (I think it may even be true to this day even). Shepherds were those poor, hairy, smelly men who spent their lives hanging around sheep, which if you know anything about sheep, you'd know that's not a great job. These are not the people you're going to go visit and have tea or coffee with. They're just not worthy of the time or effort. You sorta avoid them. But despite all of that, God specifically chooses these men to verbally proclaim the good news:
When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us" And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. -Luke 2:15-18 (emphasis mine)After the shepherds visited and worshiped the Christ child, they went out declaring and testifying all that they had seen and heard. They shared the gospel. They shared THE ultimate gift with everyone they knew. You and I are those shepherds. Lowly men and women who've been told this joyous news too. Advent is indeed the season of waiting on the Lord and seeking Him, but it's also a time to share the message of the gospel to those around us. Giving the gift of Christ is the best gift anyone can receive in their lifetime.
Christmas provides you and I with the perfect opportunity to do this. In general, people are more open and receptive to hearing that good news. Look for ways to usher in Advent, His coming, into someone else's Christmas this year.