And I think that is what the writers of these narratives are getting at. For anyone who has ever sung spontaneously, you know it only happens in moments where emotion takes over you. Where you are so overcome with a feeling that inspires, excites or energizes you that you can't hold it in anymore. How many of us feel that kind of emotion about Jesus being born into our lives this Christmas?
Are we that excited that we want to sing it from the rooftops, proclaim it through the streets, shout it from the 10th floor of our office building? It may sound silly, but the reality is that discipleship is based on our passion for the good news that Jesus Christ is born. And if we aren't passionate about it, no one else will be either. How could we expect them to be?
This Sunday, we will be offered a wonderful gift: music proclaiming this good news in our choir Christmas cantata. I hope as you listen to John Rutter's Joy to the World, you will ask yourself: "how am I singing my passion of Christ's love?"
It is an important question to ask yourself so you can continue to connect with your passionate love for Christ.
Because there is a colleague who really needs to hear your gratitude to God for strength provided when you were enduring the same circumstance they are now going through. There is a neighbor who needs to hear how the peace of Christ helped you withstand troubles in your marriage, similar to theirs. A friend of yours needs be invited to church so they know they are important enough to belong to the fellowship of Christ.
Sharing the good news of Christ isn't about spouting off a bunch of memorized Bible verses or trying to convince someone that they need a moral band-aid. Rather, it is about sharing your passion and inviting them to be part of a fellowship of love and generosity, because you genuinely care about them and want them to experience the love of God in their lives.
So take a minute and remember all that Christ has done to give you new life. And then sing your song for Christ - with passion so all the world may hear!