FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15
“And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.”
Luke 2:20 ESV
PRAISE THE CHRIST OF CHRISTMAS
One day two acquaintances were walking down the street, one of them a Christian and the other a skeptic. The skeptic said to the Christian, “Your gospel hasn’t worked.” The Christian said, “What do you mean?” He answered, “Look at all of the sin, corruption, and crime in the world. That proves that the gospel hasn’t worked.”
It so happened that this skeptic was the head of a successful soap manufacturing company. The Christian said, “Your soap doesn’t work–look at all of the filth and disease in the world–that proves that your soap doesn’t work.” The skeptic said, “It proves no such thing. It isn’t the fault of my soap. If people would use my soap, there wouldn’t be so much filth and disease.” The Christian responded, “And the same is true of the gospel. If people would believe the gospel and apply it to their lives, they would be cleansed of their sin and corruption.”
The shepherds in Luke 2 didn’t leave the presence of Jesus unchanged. They went home praising Him and glorifying Him. Unfortunately, so many people will go through this Christmas season hearing about the birth of Jesus but not changed by the message of Christmas. The world would be a different place if more would “return, glorifying and praising God” this Christmas.
We begin to apply the message of Christmas to our lives when we place our faith in Jesus for our salvation. We can then praise and glorify Jesus daily by the things we say and do. Tell God some things you praise Him for in prayer today. Ask God what is a simple way that He wants you to glorify Him this Christmas.