Day 18: The Gift of Perseverance (Part 2)

A 25 Day Preparation for the Celebration of Christ

Every day leading up to Christmas, we’ll “unwrap” a gift from the Lord. Today’s gift is…

“The Gift of Perseverance”

 

When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”.  Luke 2:15 NLT

What captures your attention? Are you the first to buy tickets when your favorite artist is coming to town for a concert? Do you prioritize attending the games of your favorite team? If the waves are big, are you heading to the beach?

What about…do you make sure to meet God everyday in quiet time? Are you faithful in your worship? Are you regular in your fellowship with other believers?

The shepherds were invited by heaven to behold the most remarkable but understated event in human history, the arrival of the Messiah as a baby in a manger in Bethlehem. Their only response was, “Let’s go to Bethlehem…Let’s see!”

The angel didn’t come to the business leaders of Jerusalem, the Roman rulers, or the ultra religious people.

He came to the simple shepherds of the hills of Palestine. The revelation was granted to those who understood faithfulness, hard work and self-sacrifice. The shepherds of Bethlehem were not used to getting invited to anything special, but God saw something that no man could see — a heart for Him.

“The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him…” (2 Chronicles 16:9).

He found some shepherds who fit that description, faithful, fully committed folk, who had the gift of perseverance.

Most of us will never be invited to palaces, or the boardrooms of the super-rich. But we are all invited to behold the Savior born in a manger.

Who will you invite to “go and see?”

Today’s Challenge: Keep praying for your family members or friends who don’t know the Lord that they would be saved.

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