Saturday, December 24, 2011
Jesus Was a Small Town Preacher
The attitude is "I'm stuck here in this one horse town for a while but after I learn the ropes, I'll move on and do something more important."
Today, as Christmas approaches, I'd like to challenge the assumption that small places are insignificant.
Jesus, God in human flesh, came to the earth on a mission from heaven to transform humanity. He looked the whole world over and picked the perfect place to launch his global and eternal enterprise.
Where did he go? What was his strategic missional selection? A small town!!
"But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from old, from ancient times." (Micah 5:2)
You won't get any Christmas cards with pictures of Rome, Athens, or Jerusalem on them -- It's the little village of Bethlehem that takes center stage each December.
Of course, if you want to go further -- Jesus also grew up in a small town (Nazazreth), spent most of his ministry in Galilean hamlets, and headquartered in rural Capernaum.
He literally changed the world from end of it!
If you have been chosen to serve in a small place, take heart! Be encouraged! You're in excellent company. Jesus was a small town preacher too!
I pray that in days to come, small town and rural churches will rise up, reclaim their heritage, and play a significant role in the coming worldwide revival.