Jesus is the Light • Devotion #3: “Go Tell It On The Mountain”

Today, I was standing in line at Meijer when the man standing in front of me turned around and said, “Hi.” I greeted him and he went on to tell me that he had just registered to get the vaccine. I nodded as he went on to tell me that he was 79 and his wife 77 (I am not sure he was allowed to share that). I mentioned he definitely was in the group to get it. He then explained his wife’s physical battles and how he had started having open-heart surgeries going back when he was 50. I simply stated, “Wow, God must still have you on earth for a reason.” He said, “Yes, to tell jokes.”

I think there is great value in encouraging others and that can often come through humor, but we have a larger calling on earth. Humor should not be an end in itself. “Go Tell It On The Mountain” reminds us of our calling.

Go, tell it on the mountain

Over the hills and everywhere

Go, tell it on the mountain

That Jesus Christ is born!

The verses speak of the shepherds watching their sheep when the light appeared. Not only was there a star, but angels made their entrance. The scene started in fear but ended in a victorious anthem by the angelic choir. Finally, verse three mentions that “God sent us salvation.”

What I left out from my introduction was that the man then told me a dirty joke. Although I was wearing a mask, he could tell I was not smiling, so he told me a clean joke. He appeared quite proud of himself as he walked off.

I wonder, “Why am I not so bold with the Gospel?” I think you too can relate. We are called to be the light of the world and even to be set on a hill so others can see (Matthew 5:14-16), yet we muffle the truth by not saying anything worthwhile. Our walk and talk are to direct others to the good news “that Jesus Christ is born,” and that means “God sent us salvation.”

I encourage you to sing this carol with confidence and conviction. As you thrive or survive through this season, I hope you will remember Jesus’ command to us, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

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