10And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
15When 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.” 16And they went with haste… Luke 2:10-16
God’s bold bid.
God has made a bid for relationship. The angel announced it to the shepherds: Christ the Lord has been born! In response the shepherds were bold to go and find Him.
Let’s be bold!
“Let’s be bold!” In my family that’s a request for doughnuts! But its also a bid for relationship. Its a bonding experience.
This holiday “let’s be bold!” I don’t mean to suggest we must all have doughnuts. But I do mean we could do something to bond in our significant relationships.
God has created us for relationships with Him, with ourselves, with people, and with the stuff of earth. During Christmas we celebrate and reflect on the birth of Jesus. According to the Scriptures, He came from the Communion of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, entering into the relationships of humanity. He entered our relationships to show us who the Father is and to accomplish all that was required for us to enter into the communion of God. Jesus came to seek us, to save us, and to serve us by giving Himself for our forgiveness.
That was bold!
He got close to us in order to lift us up and include us in our Heavenly Father’s love.
Be Bold: Bond with Jesus.
In these holy-days I pray that you get closer to Jesus. You could:
Read the whole Gospel of Luke.
Read an inspiring book. (Here’s a list of free e-books.)
Attend a worship service with friends and family.
Gathering in a 3+ just for the holiday time with people you don’t usually see.
Have a home worship and prayer time with family members who also follow Jesus.
Find a way to serve or share a meal with those who could use a hand-up, the gift of presence and an encouraging word.
Go on a walk with a family member and thank them for all the “gifts” and grace you have enjoy by being in relationship to them.
Hey, “Let’s be bold!”