The shepherds got to the right place because they were able to keep in step with the moment.
“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, 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 Saviour 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.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favour rests.”
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.” 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.”
The Amplified says ‘they went with haste’ and the Message ‘they left, running’. There are times when going slow and taking your time is not an option. We must:
• Take our opportunities
The shepherds were never commanded to go, they were given the opportunity. What if they had put off today what they could do today?
We need to learn to be as obedient to the opportunity as the command.
– Take the opportunity to give
Proverbs 3:28 Do not say to your neighbour, “Come back later; I’ll give it tomorrow”– when you now have it with you.
– Take the opportunity to encourage
Hebrews 3:13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.
– Take the opportunity to respond to God
Hebrews 3:7 So, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.
• Know our priorities
The angel of the Lord suddenly reorganised their priorities.
The sheep were their priority and it still was but now they knew what was the most important priority.
Some people would have said ‘right let’s take all the sheep with us to Bethlehem, because we have got to keep working!’
What do you need to stop doing so that you can become more effective? What do you have to delegate?
• Use the momentum of the moment
Whether it be a ‘great company of the heavenly host’ or a ‘star in the east’, ‘a burning bush experience’ or a ‘light from heaven on the Damascus Road’. For you, maybe it is a challenge from someone you trust. Maybe it is an experience of God’s presence as you listened to that worship cd.
In every ‘God-moment’ there is a momentum that needs to be used there and then.
May our prayer be that in 2019 we can realign our lives and respond to the moments God graciously gives us to get to where he wants us, with speed!