8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 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.” (Luke 2:8-15, NIV)
Many of my collegues are involved in the advent conspiracy during this Advent Season. The prayer is that this Christmas season would be rooted in our faith rather than our consumerism. While I will be among the first to admit that it is really hard to stay grounded in the whirlwind of the season, especially when you have children, family, and others that you care for. The first reaction is to get them a gift to show how important they are to us. In the middle of the crazy season lets stop and look at what is rooted in that first Christmas.
Worship was the very central focus of that first Christmas. The shepherds that the angels appeared to were so struck by their proclamation that they left what they were doing… tending sheep to go worship the baby that the angels told them about. Not simply look and see how cool it the baby was but to worship. Why? They had become overwhelmed and changed who they were to the very core. This was not worship that involved an organ, Gloria Patri, or even a band but life changing worship that leaves you speechless and with your mindblown.
The question is then posed that in the midst of this type of worship one that redefines who and what you are, how do you respond in worship. It is not by buying a Christmas tree or more presents but how do we worship God and give all of ourselves in it?