Luke 2:16-17 says, “And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.” After the shepherds had the amazing encounter with the angels, they went to see Jesus for themselves. After seeing what they were told was true, they could not keep it to themselves. They made known abroad that the Messiah has come.
Are we making Jesus known? We are quick to talk about famous people, places, and things. We are quick to talk about our favorite actors, sports figures, and politicians. But, are we quick to talk about Jesus? There are a lot of great things that have happened over the course of history. However, there is no greater story in history that has had more of an impact on this world than God coming down to man. Jesus is the incarnate of God. God in the flesh. He came because He loves us. He came to save us from ourselves. He came to redeem us from the penalty of sin. He came to give us life. Just like the shepherds, we need to make Jesus known.
Make Jesus known in our conversations. What or who do you talk about the most? All of our conversations tend to lean toward someone or something. What we talk about is who or what we love. Can it be said by our conversations, that we love Jesus? What we talk about is what is most important to us. There is no greater place to see this revealed than on social media. I encourage you to examine your social media posts and see how many are directed toward making Jesus known versus how many are directed toward making yourself known. Stop talking about yourself and start talking about Jesus.
Make Jesus known in our work. The workplace is the most opportunistic mission field. The people you work with are sometimes around you more than your own family. Are you making Jesus known in your workplace? Are you constantly talking about Jesus with those whom you work with? It should be obvious to those you work with what is important to you. If you were to ask your employer and fellow employees what you’re known as, what would they say? Would they say that you’re the man or woman that is always talking about Jesus? Is Jesus known in your workplace?
Make Jesus known in our home. Do you talk about Jesus with your family? When a visitor comes to your door, is it obvious as they walk into your home that you are a Christian family? As parents, we should take every opportunity to point our children to Jesus. As caretakers of our home, we should make our home exemplify the love of Christ. Our houses should be filled with things that direct people’s attention toward Jesus.
Make Jesus known in the world. As born-again, spirit-filled believers; we should be heavily involved in the mission to make Jesus known in all the world. We should be mission-minded; looking for every opportunity to give to missions and participate in mission endeavors.
The shepherds heard and saw the greatest news of all: the Savior has come! My friend, life is not about us, it’s all about Jesus. May we commit ourselves to making Jesus known.