You, O Bethlehem

But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
    who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
    one who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose coming forth is from of old,
    from ancient days.

“And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord,
    in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great
    to the ends of the earth.
And he shall be their peace.” Micah 5:2,4-5

“An angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, ‘Joseph, do not fear to take Mary as your wife… She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.'” “Joseph went up from Galilee… to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger… ‘For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.’” Matthew 1:20-21; Luke 2:4-7,11

Bethlehem. The hometown of king David, but declined, small, insignificant. Until Jesus the Savior was born there. Jesus makes every place and every task and everybody significant. (1 Samuel 16:1; John 7:42)

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If we are planted in a home, or town, or situation, that is not our choice or seems unimportant, insignificant, too small for a big work of God, consider it holy ground. Jesus’s life and movement can blaze bright and make a difference. (Exodus 3:1-5)

If we are called to tasks that appear too taxing for our energy or impossible for our skill set, that are unappealing to our senses or require a gusto we find hard to muster, rely on the strength of the Lord and the majesty and power of His name. He is the One Who equips and trains and supports us, His Spirit gives success, victory, and peace. (Zechariah 4:6; Psalm 18:28-35; Ephesians 6:10; Philippians 4:19)

It is the Lord Who makes small services holy, small gestures eternal, small people great. It is He Who calls into existence what is not, and gives hope where there is none, thus awakening and nurturing our faith. It is He Who defines our worth and brings His presence to bear an effective and indelible mark on all we endeavor to accomplish or be. It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the Lord set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but it is because the Lord loves you.” It is He Who declares, “You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (Deuteronomy 7:7-8; Romans 4:17-18; 1 Peter 2:9)

Lord God, sanctify the small and seemingly insignificant in my days to bring glory to Your magnificent and marvelous name.

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