Viewed by the world, some people don’t seem to be very important. They have no unusual talent, notable title, honorable position, or anything that is admired by the masses. They just quietly go about their business without any fanfare, seeking no attention, and content with their lot in life. That seems to describe the shepherds to whom the angel of the Lord appeared. And regardless of what good qualities they might possess they were often looked upon with disdain by the people in that day. Some describe them as social outcast. Yet God had a plan for them. Amazingly they were among the first to receive the news of the Savior’s birth.
We could spend a lot of time trying to figure out God’s purpose in this and still have questions. Why was this not announced to the kings of the earth and those in authority, or the religious leaders, rather than these lowly shepherds? We’ll leave all that up to God–it is, after all, His business. I simply want you to see that God doesn’t always make the obvious choice and that He can use whoever He chooses–even you. You don’t have to be among the rich and famous, nor greatly talented, to be used of God. In fact not having those assets might be your best asset.– the main reason why God can use you.
No child of God should ever feel insignificant or useless. Just as God used the shepherds to tell others of Christ He can use you. Out of the depths of His wisdom and by means of His great power, God is able to use the foolish, weak, base, and despised things for His glory. Even if you are uneducated, untalented, poor, in ill health, and unloved by others there is nothing to prevent God from using you except your will. Give your imperfect self to the perfect One who gave Himself for you. The greatness of His gift should motivate you to give your best to the One who gave all. In giving yourself you will gain a sense of satisfaction greater than anything the world can give.–HDS