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Read Luke 2:15-18
Let us now go even unto Bethlehem. Luke 2:15
Though the shepherds were poor and often the outcasts of society, and though they did not have expensive gifts to give the Messiah like the gifts of the wise men, this story tells us of two gifts that the shepherds gave to the baby Jesus. The first gift the shepherds gave to the Lord Jesus was the gift of faithfulness. They said, "Lord, we want to get to where you are as quickly as we can, and we want to be with you and tell everyone about Your coming."
Every one of us could give the gift of faithfulness. We can be faithful to God's house in the new year. We can be faithful to read His Word. We can be faithful to love our families.
Not only did the shepherds give the gift of faithfulness, they also gave the gift of praise. The Bible says in Luke 2:20, "And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them." Did you know that a journey begun in faith will always end in praise? The shepherds followed the words of the angel by faith, and when they arrived at the stable, their faith became sight. This gave them great joy, and they began to praise God.
If you want more to praise God for in your life, I ask you to step out by faith during this new year and follow God and His Word.
Trust in God and give Him the gift of praise and the gift of faithfulness. As your faith grows and your joy abounds, you will be so thankful for His presence in your life.
Paul Chappell, Pastor
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