Like R2-D2, the keepers are the unsung heroes of the Bible. They are the ones who quietly, humbly do the will of God. But God showed me something special about these keepers. When He introduced His Son to the world, He allowed the keepers to know before anyone else:
“And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for Him in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them and the glory of the Lord shone about them and they were sore afraid” (Luke 2:7-9).
It was the keepers, not the kings, who first heard the long-awaited news: The Messiah had come.
What an honor to be chosen by God to learn about Jesus' birth before anyone else! The Holy Spirit reminds me that although King David may have had front row seats in the parade, the keepers had a private audience to the glory of God.
God, may I so desire to see Your glory that I will be satisfied without receiving any recognition. May my actions and attitude help my children understand how to find satisfaction: as a keeper for the Kingdom.
Walker Moore is president of AweStar Ministries in Tulsa.