Good News. Great Joy.
I love my volunteer work. It’s the best in the world. I know that most people say that, but I really do. Here is the proof. If you want to look it up for yourself and check my sources, it’s in Luke 2.
Take a look at this:
1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
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.”
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.
Y’all, I have the same task that angels do. How cool is that? I guess it’s the same task that the shepherds had, but the angels had it first and that just makes my heart excited.
Remember when you were on the bus in Kindergarten, and someone whispered in your ear “tag at the park after school, pass it on”? And you did, and the kid next to you did, and the kid after him did? Well that’s basically what I do day in and day out. “Jesus loves you. Pass it on.” The news that I bring isn’t about a recess game. I bring Good News and Great Joy.
I’m a shoebox packer.
This time of year, I spend all of my free time, and then some, working with Operation Christmas Child. I pack shoeboxes. I talk about shoeboxes. I have shoeboxes at the foot of my bed. I talk to people who pack shoeboxes.
But with an opportunity like this, how could it not become something that takes over? Bringing Good News and Great Joy. I have angels as coworkers.
How cool is that?