In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley
December 22-23, 2007 – The Value of a Humble Heart – Luke 2:8-20
The Bible never grows old or stale. I find that verses I have studied 99 times yield fresh insights on the hundredth reading, which inspires me to keep meditating on the Word. In the account of Jesus’ birth, I discovered a principle that recurs frequently in Scripture: God often gives great revelations to those in lowly positions. A person’s worth before the Lord cannot be judged by his position, abilities, or popularity.
Since Mary and Joseph were both from common families, they probably seemed an unlikely choice for parents of the Messiah. Similarly, the men selected to receive the angelic announcement of Christ’s birth also lacked social standing—shepherds were considered part of the lowest class. Yet God revealed His plans to these individuals, not on the basis of worldly status, but because their heart attitude was right. The people He used were all humble followers who submitted to His will—whether the mission was bearing and protecting a young Jesus, or hurrying to worship Him where He lay in a manager.
When God guides us to take an important action, we might wonder why we have been chosen. We’re tempted to think, Surely He wants someone with better talent or more wisdom. In fact, many Bible characters, like Gideon and Moses, express that exact sentiment to the Lord (Judges 6:15; Exodus 3:11). But we can’t allow a sense of inadequacy to stand in the way of obedience. If God chooses us for a task, He will also give us the strength and wisdom to complete it. All we need is a willing and obedient spirit.
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