Merry Christmas, Friend!
One of my favorite songs at this time of year is A Strange Way to Save the World by 4Him. It makes me cry every time I hear the beautiful lyrics floating across the radio waves;
I’m sure he must have been surprised at where this road had taken him ‘cause never in a million lives would he have dreamed of Bethlehem. And standing at the manger, he saw with his own eyes the message from the angel come to life. And Joseph said, “Why me? I’m just a simple man of trade. Why Him, with all the rulers in the world? Why here, inside this stable filled with hay? Why her? She’s just an ordinary girl. Now, I’m not one to second guess what angels have to say, but this is such a strange way to save the world…”
The humble circumstances in which God chose to send His Son into this dark and broken world never ceases to amaze me. God could have chosen anyone—a beautiful queen like Esther or a mighty king like David—and yet, He chose a poor carpenter and a young girl as His vessel to carry and bear the Savior of the World. The witnesses to this birth were not men of means or influence but the lowest of the low; ragged shepherds.
You see, God uses ordinary means and people to do extraordinary things. Jesus, born in a stable rather than a palace as He deserved, was made accessible to everyone. As Luke 2:10 reminds us, “But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.’” That includes you and me, as well as the grimy beggar on the street corner or the pop stars that cover the tabloids in the supermarket. Jesus came to redeem and restore all people.
So, as you’re wrapping gifts and enjoying Christmas festivities with your family and friends, do as Jesus’ mother Mary did—ponder these things in your heart. Thank God for sending His Son to redeem mankind. Pray for Him to show you the “lowest of the low” this Christmas season; those who desperately need to know the love of Jesus, the ones we often forget in our own “busy.” Perhaps He will lead you to make a donation to the local homeless ministry or buy a warm meal for someone on the street corner. Maybe He will prompt you to pray for the airbrushed beauty pictured in the newsstand in front of you or invite a lonely neighbor over for Christmas dinner. Remember, God uses ordinary means and people to do extraordinary things. Be extraordinary to someone this Christmas and embrace this strange way to save the world!
Love & Blessings,
Rebekah Measmer and the Help Club for Moms Team
“But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Luke 2:19