Share Your Jesus Experience
“And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, just as it had been told them.” Luke 2:20 (AMP)
Even though some of my best teen memories were of spring breaks spent at church youth camp, some of my worse experiences came in the months that followed. At camp, everyone loved Jesus—or so it seemed. We worshipped three times a day and heard messages of Jesus’ love at least twice. I usually attended with other teens from my church, who were very different from my friends at school. Ones I wished I could be around every day. I experienced Jesus’ love so strongly at camp, and returning to normal life was hard. It was like flying back to a Montana winter after a Florida vacation and trying to stay warm from the memory of the sunshine for months and months.
I can imagine the challenge the shepherds faced after they returned from seeing Jesus was a little like imagining the sun’s warmth while shoveling snow on an overcast Montana day. The angel choir in the night sky was only a memory. They’d left the little baby back at a stable in Bethlehem. But, the one thing they did have was each other. “Do you remember?” “Can you believe it?” “Wow, the baby was there just like the angels said.” “Seriously, the Son of God.” I bet they glorified and praised Jesus the rest of their lives over that one.
It’s a good reminder to surround ourselves with those who’ve experienced what we’ve experienced—the miracle of Jesus entering our lives. Experiences with Jesus shouldn’t be spring-break high points. Instead they should be lived out and talked about with friends.
FAITH STEP: Is there a special friend you haven’t talked to in a while? Add his or her name to your to-do list and find a way to connect and to hear about what Jesus is doing in each other’s lives.
Written by Tricia Goyer