He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?” “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they said, “for this is what the prophet wrote: ‘And you, O Bethlehem in the land of Judah, are not least among the ruling cities of Judah, for a ruler will come from you who will be the shepherd for my people Israel.’ ”
Matthew 2:4-6 NLT
Do not despise small beginnings!
Hundreds of years before Jesus was born as the Messiah, God had given a prophetic word to Micah, an Old Testament prophet. With pinpoint accuracy, Micah wrote the name of the place where the Messiah would be born. It was not a thriving metropolis or capital city of influence and recognition. In the time of Jesus, Bethlehem was a village of about six hundred people – insignificant for sure.
Just pause and think about the truthfulness of God’s Word to be able to predict this location hundreds of years before Jesus’ birth.
Think for a moment of those things in your life that seem insignificant or unimportant. Sometimes, God uses the most insignificant people and places to begin His most significant works.
Matthew was a despised tax collector before he met Jesus. Then he became a disciple of Jesus and wrote the first book in our New Testament.
Never allow the enemy to lie to you about your value or worth. When we yield ourselves to God, He can do amazing things in us and through us.
Holy Spirit, today, I recommit myself to Your will and way. I invite You to take total charge of every part of my life. I am open to whatever You want to do in me and through me.
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