And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
The shepherds would come to see a new Lamb that was born. God made it known unto them, but they had to choose how to respond. He revealed His Son, but they had to seek. They knew where to go, but they had to head in that direction. Mostly, they just had to have a desire to respond to the word of God. They had to believe what He was saying. They had to move beyond where they were in order to discover something greater.
So, what is our response when God reveals something to us? Do we ignore it? Take action immediately? Do we believe what He says? Are we willing to take that journey, do some digging and some searching in order to find what He has told us about? Let’s not miss out by staying behind where we are, but go and see what has come to pass. Let’s be quick to go out and discover in a very real and personal way all that God wants to show us.
God first reveals His Son as our Savior, and we respond by accepting or rejecting Him. But once we have accepted Him, He continues to reveal more and more things to us. He takes us on different journeys of struggle and triumph to learn lessons, to mold and make us, and to accomplish His purposes through us. He teaches us His ways and conforms us to the image of His Son. He calls us out to perform some task for Him, to dedicate our lives to serving Him, and to proclaim Jesus to the world around us.
Will we be part of what God is doing in our world, or will we let those opportunities pass us by? Will we get up and go to see all that God wants us to experience? Will we discover those great truths that we can hold deep in our hearts to get us through this life? It’s up to us to respond to what the Lord has made known. The shepherds could have stayed in that field with their sheep and never known the wonder of God among them. They could have made excuses or gotten lazy and let that moment pass them by. They could have refused God’s invitation, but then they would have missed out on seeing and knowing Jesus for themselves.