Bethlehem (Part I): The significance of Insignificance

Christmas Devotions 2015

Bethlehem (Part I): The significance of Insignificance

Pastor Trent Stinson

“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.” Micah 5:2 (ESV)

Bethlehem is a place that seemed quite insignificant, yet its prophetic relevance has changed the world and impacted eternity. The very word means “House of Bread.” Imagine the “Bread of Life” (Jesus) coming from a town whose name means “House of Bread.” How interesting to note that this little town of insignificance became so significant to God’s redemptive plan. There is an old song that says, “Little is much when God is in it.” Such is the case with the little town of Bethlehem. Here was the setting of the very first Christmas. Besieged Bethlehem. Insignificant corn meal producer. Irrelevant among the clans of Judah, but this place became the birthing place of the Savior. The birthplace of Saul and David. The supplier of bread in the region produces the Bread of Life – JESUS. 

Points to Ponder: 

Are you feeling insignificant? Have you been told that you have no relevance among your family or friends? Do you dread the Christmas gathering because of the feelings of insignificance other members of your family evoke? Do you hate the life comparisons but love the comfort foods? Do you struggle with significance and worth at Christmas? Well know this: God loves to take the least and make it great! He loves to take the castaways and use them to broadcast His love and His message. God gives significance to the seemingly insignificant. Know that Jesus Christ was born in an insignificant town, in a filthy dirty manger. Yet he changed the world!

Let’s Pray:

God, I love how Your thoughts are not our thoughts, and Your ways are not our Ways as I look to You as my strength and buckler. Help me value my security in You as a child of the King of Kings, despite what other may think of me. This holiday is a beautiful reminder of how you gifted Yourself to me, and today I give myself away for You to use as You choose. May I no longer seek the approval and sanction of those around me but rather rely on You that I may be a vessel to help lead other to You. In Jesus, Name, Amen.