A few days ago I saw an interview of a pastor who was trying to explain to the reporter why he needed a personal jet. The main reason that he gave was that for him to do his ministry, the jet was indispensable. Today we have been bombarded with the idea that if we want to make a difference, we need to be rich and important. Churches and pastors are emphasizing this so-called “Theology of Prosperity”. They believed that if we do not have money, we will not make a difference in our world.
I think one of the reasons that God chose this family for His Son to be born into was to prove that idea wrong. Joseph was a simple carpenter in a small village of a small country in a corner of the world dominated by the Roman Empire. Mary was a very young woman from that same village. Jesus was born into that family. They did not have the means for a luxurious life. In other words, they were poor.
That is shown when they present Jesus in the Temple. Here is the text: “When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”), and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.” Luke 2:22-24” In the Old Testament we learned that this offering was for those who could not afford a lamb (Leviticus 12:8).
Jesus later in His ministry would say this: “Jesus replied, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” Matthew 8:20.” When he called His disciples, He did not put the emphasis on their social status. They were a group of an insignificant people. When Peter and John were in front of the Sanhedrin, this is how Luke described their reaction to them: “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13.” To those leaders, the apostles seemed illiterate, unlearned, and very ordinary people.
It was those simple, untrained and unlearned people that changed the world. When Paul wrote to the church of Corinth, he makes this clear: “Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things — and the things that are not — to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. 1Corinthians 1:26-29.”
Christmas should help us to understand and believe that God uses anyone He wants to do His work, and most of the time He will use the insignificant ones. Are you not glad that you are part of that group? God wants to make changes in this world and He wants to use you, even if you think that you cannot do what He asks or you are not the best one for the job.
My brother and sister, in this season thank God for His grace and power, and let Him use you to bring changes in our world.
Have a blessed week,