August 7

But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah, who are one of the little clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to rule in Israel, whose origin is from of old, from ancient days. Micah 5:2

God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are. I Corinthians 1:28

Small, little, insignificant – not things that most people want to have used to describe them. Sometimes we feel very small and insignificant. We see things going on around us in our world and despair of being able to do anything about them; after all, we are not important or “big” enough to be noticed or to make a difference.  God however does not see things as we do.  People of importance can come from a small town as well as a bigger or very large city. They can come from poor backgrounds as well as wealthier ones. 

The example we see in Micah is the town of Bethlehem, the one we sing about at Christmas time as “O Little Town of Bethlehem.”  This carol was written by Phillip Brooks in 1867, two years after he had ridden from Jerusalem to Bethlehem on Christmas Eve to assist in a service at the church of the Nativity. He wrote it for his Sunday school to share the experience with them. It is only 6 miles from the greater city of Jerusalem, but it is the place chosen for the birth of Jesus.

Paul in I Corinthians also talks about how God choses the small, the low, the despised by the world as His people. Jesus associated with people that the “proper” and religious Jews of His day would not be with. He ate dinner with sinners, he actually spoke to women, and He talked to and healed lepers.  Jesus sets an example for us to be with all the people He created.  Plus we know that these “low and despised” people listened to the Gospel and spread it on to others.  No one is too low or small or insignificant in God’s eyes. We can do a lot no matter how small we sometimes feel. 

Thank you, God, for the potential of little things. Your blessings come to us, both the small and the great, to be experienced by all. Journey with us as we seek to right our wrongsForgive us when we limit ourselves by questioning whether we are able to accomplish the ministry opportunities you place before us. Use us to share your gospel today. In Jesus’ name, Amen

Chris Gabel