And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
What amazes me in this entire passage is that God used servant shepherd boys to proclaim Jesus’ arrival. We know nothing about them except that they were in the fields that night watching over their sheep. No names. No ages.
He could have used royalty with their official proclamations. He could have used those whose voices would surely be heard. But He didn’t. He entrusted a great secret with shepherd boys. Who would believe them, though that seems to be the point. The fact that they were eyewitnesses to the newborn king certainly didn’t go unnoticed. If it was only one who was announcing the birth, the people might have thought him crazy, but several of them went off announcing His birth.
No, in God’s scheme it was the only way to herald His Son’s birth to the rest of the world.
God still uses the shepherd boys of the world to proclaim His message and birth.
When relatives go to see their nieces, nephews, cousins, and grandkids in a Christmas play, is He not using them to proclaim His birth?
When these same children raise money to help build orphanages or churches, is God not using them to proclaim His message?
Those are only two examples of how God continues to use children for His kingdom.
But you need not be 10 years old for God to use you. You merely have to be willing and open to it.