Have you seen The Nativity Story? I watched it several years ago and remember being amazed. Do you know what stood out to me the most? It was when Mary, Joseph, and newborn Jesus are in the manger and the camera pulls back, and the whole town is sleeping. The Lord of All Creation just joined us in flesh and the world is completely unaware. Nowadays, with most everyone in the world knowing the nativity story, it shocked me to realize that when Jesus was actually born into this world, it was a small and seemingly insignificant event. He came in all humility, and was just fine going unnoticed.
I remember in my history class in college being surprised that Israel was just a blurb in my textbook. I think what was written about them took up a page and a half, yet other nations had whole chapters. The chosen people of God were of little regard to the world. They were shepherds and farmers and unimportant, yet THEY were how God chose to express His testimony in the world.
The things in the Kingdom of God are so very other from the things in the kingdom of this world. I used to be so quick to attribute God to something in the religious system simply because it was impressive to man. Now I know better. The things of God are usually small, insignificant, and unimportant to the world. The things of God are usually a nuisance, or better yet, a threat to the things of this world.
Have you followed Jesus Christ out into the great unknown, and now are wondering what in the world you got yourself into because you thought you were going on to bigger and better things? Yet, it seems smaller and lesser? Be encouraged. Have faith. The “small” things of God, in reality, are far bigger than the biggest things of this world. And the “small”, eternal things of God are far better than the temporary things of this world.
Lord, give us eyes to see You as You truly are, not as our minds conceive and give us understanding in Your ways.
He is Lord of all creation.
He rules the nations.
He is heaven’s perfect lamb.
He is the great I AM.