15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one
another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the
Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.
Luke 2:15-16 (NIV)
Could the shepherds just stand there in the field, when they knew the Messiah had been born? Of course, they wouldn’t want to miss seeing the Messiah. Quickly, they said, “Let’s
go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” The decision was easy.
What impresses me is that they acted on their decision, so quickly. “They hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby.” I remember when I decided to publish Mary, Don’t
be Afraid! It was years before I actually did it. How often do we wait before we act on something we promised God we would do, and sometimes we put it off so long that we never finish it. We can miss out on so many blessings when we delay acting on our decisions. The shepherds did not delay and they got to see Jesus.
The New Year is coming soon. We all make so many decisions and promises during this time of year. I am going to think now about what I want to do for God in the coming year, so when the New Year comes I will have already made my decision and I can act right away. I challenge you to do the same.
Tomorrow’s reading is Luke 2:17-18.