Verse: Luke 2:16-21
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. 21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.

What is your story? Specifically, what is your story of faith? The shepherds left the manger scene excited to tell people about all they had “heard and seen.” They had a story to tell. They had a story of hope and power and salvation, and they were pumped to share it with others.

This morning I want to encourage you through this passage—you also have a story to tell! Your story of following Jesus is an encouragement to others. I know it may not seem that way. You may think other people have better stories, or that you don’t know enough about God yet, or you don’t know enough of the Bible yet. But I just want to remind you—the shepherds barely knew anything in this story! Shepherds were the lowliest profession of their day. They wouldn’t have been very educated. And they literally just JUST MET the baby Jesus.

They had very little to go on, but what they did know they were ready to share.

I want to encourage you that your faith and trust in Jesus is more powerful than you think it is. When God brings people into your life and you have a chance to share your story—what Jesus has done for you in your life—it will be powerful for them.

So what is your story? How has Jesus touched your life? How has he changed your life? What does he mean to you? That is your story! And like the shepherds, you can share it with others and it will powerfully help them!

Author: Christian Dunn