Angela LaVallie is the Member Connection Program Director at The Church of the Resurrection. She provides oversight to our member connection efforts through the New Member Welcome Team, and our Spiritual Gifts Placement Team.
The theme for today’s devotion is “The Shepherds Worshipped.” In this passage of scripture, however, the shepherds don’t seem to be worshipping—at least in the way I often think of worship. I tend to fall into the habit of believing worship happens on Sundays in the sanctuary at church, and I forget that we can live our lives in such a way that we worship constantly.
All the shepherds did was go visit the infant Jesus to confirm what the angels had told them and then go back to live their normal lives a little differently than they had before. We know that for them one difference was that they told people about what they had experienced. The ways in which we worship and the differences in our lives because of Jesus won’t look exactly like the shepherds’, nor will they look like each others, but if we experience Jesus, it should be reflected in our lives somehow.
In 2006, Christian artist TobyMac released the song “Made to Love.” The words in the chorus remind me that I can worship in everything:
And how did I forget that
I was made to love you, I was made to find you,
I was made just for you, made to adore you,
I was made to love, and be loved by you.
I love that this song directly says we are made to love God (“adore you”). But one of the things I also appreciate is that the last line doesn’t say “I was made to love you and be loved by you.” It says, “I was made to love.” Throughout scripture, Jesus consistently taught that we are to serve others. This song implies that when we love others, in big and small ways, we are doing what we were created to do.
During our Candlelight Christmas Eve services these past few days, Rev Adam Hamilton talked about Christ bringing the light of God’s love into the darkness of the world. In response, the shepherds took that light they saw in him and shared it in their world. We are called to do the same.