- The outcast shepherds lived with dirt in the creases of their hands, but a holy God chose them anyway. Be encouraged that your mess or pain does not disqualify you, but makes you a greater recipient of grace.
- Bring every messy part of your life to God in prayer, confident in the hope of breakthrough, knowing that God’s gospel-action is always marked by transforming weak and broken things into glory.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields near by, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them
Peace to those on whom his favour rests.
Randy Alcorn: As we gaze on nativity scenes and smile at those shepherds, let’s not lose sight of the striking irony: A handful of shepherds, marginalised by the social and religious elite, were chosen to break the silence of centuries, heralding Messiah’s birth.
1 Corinthians 1:27
But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.
Pete Greig: God’s story from beginning to end describes glory getting dirty and dirt getting blessed…This is the staggering message of Christ’s incarnation: God’s glory became dirt so that we – the scum of the earth – might become the very glory of God… He will choose the ones with dirt in the creases of their hands, just as he always did. Flesh will become Word, and dwell with him in glory.