“So the shepherds left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this Child.”
Recently I read an urban story of a store manager for a large electronics store in Georgia who told police he observed a male customer, on surveillance cameras, putting a laptop computer under his jacket. When confronted, the man became irate, knocked down an employee, drew a knife and ran for the door.
Outside on the sidewalk were four Marines collecting toys for the “Toys for Tots” program. The store manager said the Marines stopped the man; however, he stabbed one of the Marines in the back; the injury did not appear to be severe.
After Police and an ambulance arrived at the scene the injured Marine was transported for treatment of his non-life-threatening wounds.
The subject was also transported to the local hospital with two broken arms, a broken ankle, a broken leg, several missing teeth, possible broken ribs, multiple contusions, assorted lacerations, a broken nose and a broken jaw…injuries he sustained when he slipped and fell off of the curb after stabbing the Marine, according to a police report.
Observing an event carries with it a personal eyewitness account and testimony. In the verses above, I’m fascinated at not only the eyewitness account of the shepherds, but their reaction when they saw the baby Jesus, the Savior of the world, lying there in a feeding trough, in a dirty stable, reserved for animals.
Observe closely to what this verse says: “Seeing, they told everyone.”
The shepherds “Saw and Told.” Don’t skim over this powerful point. They shared what they saw. They shared their experience. One of the most powerful tools you process is your own personal testimony. Why? Because it belongs to you. It happened to you. It’s your story. You experienced it—and the shepherds were no different. What they saw impacted their lives in such a way that they were compelled to tell everyone about it.
So how about you? Have you encountered the Savior of the world? Has Jesus Christ impacted your life in such a way that you are compelled tell everyone around you as opportunity presents itself? What is your story? What have you experienced? How has God’s amazing love and grace transformed your life?
Never forget, the most powerful message you have is your own personal testimony. Because it is only God who can take your greatest “Mess”—and turn it into your greatest “Message.”
“See and Tell!”
Merry Christmas! 🎄🎁
Be Worth Being,
Kevin Burrell has worked in professional baseball as both a player and MLB scout for the past 39 years, and currently serves as an area scouting supervisor. Kevin was drafted in the 1st round of the 1981 free agent amateur draft (25th selection overall), and played ten years of professional baseball with four different organizations. He and his wife, Valerie, live in Sharpsburg, Ga.
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