The AMI QT Devotionals from December 17 to 24 are provided by Pastor Yohan Lee of Remnant Church, New York City. Yohan graduated from University of Pennsylvania and Cairn University, where he studied theology. He is married to Mandie, and they have four adorable children.
Devotional Thoughts for Today
And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”
Good morning! Since it is Christmas Eve, I thought I’d break from our Genesis study to give us a little Christmas devotional. But a little warning—this might seem like a series of random thoughts, but it’ll come together in the end.
I think we are all familiar with the term FOMO (fear of missing out). I have the opposite problem: At my old church, people would often make a joke that I had JOMO (joy of missing out), because I never wanted to go anywhere or do anything. I never feared missing out on something potentially amazing, because I’m not easily awed, and I’d probably be more content having a relaxing evening at home—I know, it’s like I’m 70 already!
As I was writing this morning’s devotional, I asked my wife why, of all the people in Bethlehem, God would choose to tell these shepherds about the birth of his Son. My wife jokingly commented that this is what God told the shepherds: “Hey, you guys with the sheep, you don’t seem so busy, so why don’t you go visit that manger over there—there is something cool inside.” But it got me thinking…perhaps my wife was on to something. Perhaps, the reason God invited these shepherds is that He knew they would actually come and celebrate the birth of His Son. As I thought about it more, I wondered if I would have come. I’d like to believe that if angels came and lit up the sky, I’d be prone to listen to them. But at the same time, my JOMO might start to kick in, or I’d be like, I’m already in my pajamas, I’m settled for the night. Perhaps I would have missed out.
Before I had kids, I wondered why in the world parents would want visitors right after their new baby was born. I mean, come on, mom just gave birth: she’s tired, hasn’t really cleaned herself up, they are just learning to take care of this new life, etc. So why would you want guests? But after having kids, I realized how proud parents are to show off their new baby—to any and everyone who would want to come. Now, visiting newborns is one of my favorite aspects of being a pastor; I love blessing the baby and the new parents. And most of the times, the parents are so thankful to have me come by—you can see the excitement as they show off their new child. Perhaps the reason God invited the shepherds that evening is because He wanted to share His Son and His joy with them, knowing that they would not turn down His invitation. As we head into Christmas (and really all of Christian life), do you see how God invites you to share His Son and His joy with you? Let’s thankfully accept this invitation and not miss out on what God has for us!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Your Son into the world to save us. Thank You that You also want to share Your joy with us. Help me to see and respond to Your invitation, so that I can share in Your joy and Your presence. Amen.
Bible Reading for Today: 1 Corinthians 7