Christ in the Midst of Monotony

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 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. 10 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. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. – Luke 2:8-20

I suppose it was a night like any other. Nothing special. There was no special Christmas spirit filling the air, perhaps even no sense of anticipation. It was night like any and every other. These Shepherds were doing what they do every night and every day – watching their sheep. It’s what they do.  And then, out of no-where, an angel appears – and with this angel we are told the very glory of God shone round about them. What a sight!

But let’s keep these shepherd in proper context.  They were just doing their jobs when the angels came.  They were normal people doing mundane things.   I’d like to say at that point their lives where changed forever.  And to some degree that is a true statement.  But, in reality, what happened?  After this incredible moment of glory and seeing the long awaited for Messiah, they returned to their sheep.  They got back to work.  They returned praising God and rejoicing, but they still returned.  That is exactly what our task is today.  We are marvel at the story of redemption – be completely overtaken with Jesus.  But, we do this in the midst of monotony.  We glory in Christ, in a cubicle.  We are to rejoice in the Lord, while driving a delivery truck.  We are to be constantly overcome with great joy, while standing at the factory producing widgets.  We extol the greatness of God while raising a family, doing yard work and washing the dishes.  This is Christ in everyday life.

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