What’s Your Story as you end this year and prepare to begin a new year…
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2(This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3And everyone went to their own town to register. 4So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
This story tells us how Joseph took Mary with him to Bethlehem in order to be counted, as commanded by Caesar Augustus. This is the time that God chose to bring Jesus into the world.
We see here how Jesus was being spoken about from the moment He was born. He was born in a manger of all places. The Son of God continued to be talked about during His time on earth. And he continues to be talked about today. This was God’s plan all along.
Many people travel during the season in order to gather with family. This is a time for relatives to share each other’s story of what is happening in their lives.
The greatest tool that we have is story-telling: evangelism. What makes the difference is how we tell people of how Jesus has made a difference in our lives.
As we wind down the year and start anew; will we regret what we did not accomplish- or lift up God and praise His goodness?