Charlie Brown: “I guess you were right Linus. I shouldn’t have picked this little tree.”
Afterwards, Linus, the kid with the blue security blanket said, “Lights, please.” Then he begins to share the Christmas story from Luke chapter 2.
“Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord…”
Imagine, a thumb sucking kid with a security blanket introducing the gospel to Charlie Brown! But Linus seemed to be the theologian of the group. He often quoted scriptures from the gospels, and was found to be a great influence in the life of Charlie Brown.
Influence is a powerful thing and can be accomplished by the most unlikely one in the crowd.
Another moment of influence in the Christmas story is when the angel shared with the shepherds of Jesus’ birth. Scripture teaches us that a multitude of the heavenly host joined in with the angel praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” (Luke 2:14 NKJV)
Jesus himself was and is very influential. From the cradle to the cross people followed Jesus and are still following Him today.
You too are a person of influence. This Christmas season may we influence those around us and encourage them to celebrate the birth of Christ.
Oh, the joy of Christmas!
Bishop Tim Lamb combines over 34 years of pastoral and church planting experience to lead LifePoint Ministries. Bishop Tim's unique prophetic insight, forward-thinking leadership, and compassion for people combine to make him an effective leader for our pastors and churches.