“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” —Luke 2:11-12 (NIV)
The angel of the Lord gives God’s very specific directions to the shepherds in Luke 2. David’s town, newborn baby, swaddling cloths, manger…check! From their grazing fields outside of Bethlehem, they head into town under the starry sky and find everything “just as they had been told” (Luke 2:20).
God continues to speak today in specific ways, helping His followers introduce Jesus to least-reached peoples:
A Christian couple smuggled some Bibles into Iran but were nervous about handing them out. Stopping for gas one day during their travels, the wife said to her husband, “Do you see that man leaning against the building over there? I think we’re supposed to give him a Bible.” He replied, “You mean the one with the rifle in his hands? Are you kidding? I’m not going to approach him!”
After wrestling with the Holy Spirit’s surprising nudge, they eventually agreed to give the man a Bible. The husband retrieved one and held it out to the Muslim man. Leaning his rifle against the building, the man reverently took the Bible, held it to his lips and kissed it. Tearfully, he said, “The book of life! Three days ago, I had a dream: a man in a white robe came to me and said, ‘Come to this place and wait right here, and somebody will give you the book of life.'” The Muslim man soon gave his whole heart to Jesus.
How wonderful it is when God gives specific directions to His followers and to people who don’t yet know Jesus, guiding them to the right place at the right time to share or receive Good News.
To whom is God sending you? Whom might God be sending to you? How might this story change your interactions with strangers? When the Holy Spirit nudges you to share your faith, how do you think you will respond?
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