Shepherd in Făgăraş Mountains, Romania

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.  This will be a sign to you:  You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’…So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.  When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.  But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.  The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told,” (Luke 2:8-20 NIV).

The news of Jesus came to the shepherds while they were doing their regular thing – living in the fields.  They were told the truth about Jesus and they went to see Him.  Later Jesus said in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness,” (NIV).  That reminds me of what these shepherds did.  They dropped everything and looked for Jesus until they found Him.  Then they went and told people and people were amazed.

Are you seeking His kingdom and His righteousness today?  Check out the rest of that verse to see what happens when we do.  I’ll give you a hint.  When He made that statement, Jesus was talking about all of the things that we worry about and how the Father knows about the things that we need and He wants to take care of us.

Let’s be like those seeking shepherds today.  Let’s seek first the kingdom of God!

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