I was speaking last night with a man who works the ‘third shift’ at his company (midnight to 8 a.m.) and he was telling me some of the benefits of working these crazy hours. I can’t imagine at my age how anyone can work a schedule like this and maintain family life as well.
This is not a new concept. “And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night” (Luke 2:8). Whatever the conditions these shepherds faced, they were being faithful to protect their valuable investment that was vulnerable to many dangers. Little did they realize that their simple faithfulness would place them where they could experience the greatest joy in the whole world.
“And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great 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” (2:9–11). As if that news was not enough; “Suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”” (2:13–14).
Can you imagine the ecstatic joy and the message that these shepherds carried with them from this fleeting experience. It immediately set them in motion with their flock to find the source of this joy. “Let us go…and see” (2:15).
It is time we stop thinking that our “jobs” or positions in life are mundane with little or no opportunity for “eternal excitement’. For those who approach every responsibility in life with a faithful attitude and as done to the Lord, God will reward in His presence with divine joy. Let this season give you new perspective on where God placed you and be faithful; expecting for HIS JOY!
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