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Fixing Our Eyes

Every job has that one thing you don’t want to do but have to.

I wake up. I hit snooze. I wake up again. I shower, brush my teeth, and fix my hair. Thanks to a scolding I received from my parents in junior high, I also apply deodorant. Then I head to work. Work usually begins at a local high school or coffee shop to meet with a high school guy and talk about Jesus. Around 7:30am I head to the office where I have meetings, work on projects, and pray for people God puts on my mind. Then I have lunch with a co-worker or small group leader. After lunch I have another meeting, work a little more on those projects, and pray for the people God puts on my mind.

That’s my workday. I love the work I’ve been tasked with. It’s a high calling to prepare people to discover completeness in Jesus. If I’m being honest, I occasionally get bored. If I do get bored it’s when I’m sitting at the table in my office staring at my laptop screen.

I wonder if the shepherds were ever bored “keeping watch over their flocks by night?” I’m sure they occasionally were. Every job has that one thing you don’t want to do but have to – it’s typically monotonous. Reviewing a budget, counting sheep, we look forward to interruption.

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 that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”Luke 2:8-14

Talk about an all-staff announcement! This creates buzz around the office. This is reason to put in for time-off. We need this great joy, we are created to have this great joy, Jesus is the source of this great joy. Like the shepherds, let us notice the announcement and pack of bags for Bethlehem. The King is coming!

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.”Luke 2:15

During this Christmas season let us fix our eyes not on presents, tinsel, or grandma’s cooking, as good as it may be. Let us fix our eyes on King Jesus, wrapped in cloths and laying in a manager. And when you see Jesus may you be filled with great joy.

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