Digging Deeper – December 18, 2018
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18
“proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world”
1 Timothy 3:16 ESV
BE THE HERALD
Electives in high school can serve a few different purposes. On the one hand, electives can be courses you take that help prepare you for the next stage of your life, whether that be a career or college. Electives can also be filler classes that are an easy way to get an “A.” I (Larry) decided to take drama class for four years of electives in high school. I will let you and my kids decide if that helped prepare me for life and parenting. One of the things that drama did teach me was how to project my voice. I remember standing at a good distance outside of our high school gymnasium yelling “popcorn, peanuts, cotton candy,” at the top of our lungs.
Much like we’ve heard vendors at sporting events unapologetically shouting what they have to sell, God desires that we unapologetically share the good news of Jesus’ birth. Jesus said to us and His disciples, “What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops” (Matthew 10:27 ESV). I don’t think this means we should literally climb on our roofs and yell Bible verses, but I do think it means we should look for every opportunity we can to share God’s offer of saving grace.
The Apostle Paul challenged the church to proclaim the message of Jesus in 1 Timothy 3:13. We learned yesterday that “Hark the herald” meant to listen to the messenger. At the birth of Christ, the angels were messengers and then the shepherds became messengers. How might your approach to celebrating Christmas change this year if you saw yourself as the “herald” or messenger? Who would you tell first? Pray about anything that keeps you from being a “herald” this Christmas season.
f hearing the good news of Jesus being born to die for our sins. One of the wisest things we will ever do is to listen and pay attention to that message and allow it to change our lives. As we get ready for Christmas don’t forget to slow down and really think about the message. Thank God for the people who first shared Jesus with you. Think about how your response to that message is shaping your life and eternity.