Being used by God

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. – Luke 2:4-7


Shortly before Jesus was born Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem to be counted in the census decreed by Caesar Augustus. Because of this, Jesus was born in Bethlehem which fulfilled the prophecy foretold by the prophet Micah.

“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 of old, from ancient times.” – Micah 5:2

I find it mind-boggling when I think about how God caused Ceasar to decree this without taking away his free will. God could have just sent Gabriel again and commanded them to go to Bethlehem. But He chose to use the leader of the Roman Empire. But I’m getting away from the point I want to make.

Mary and Joseph were insignificant in the eyes of the world. But God used them in accomplishing the miraculous. He used them to bring Jesus, God incarnate, into the world to live among us and to later sacrifice Himself so that we could be with Him forever.

God not only used the insignificant, but He used the significant, again in the eyes of the world. Caesar was the ruler of an empire that spanned most of the known world. He had absolute power over those he ruled. He could have anyone killed at any time on a whim.

Dwight & Nic Vujicic

What I want you to take away from this is that regardless of your station in life God can and will use you to accomplish His will. No matter how insignificant we feel, we are significant to God. How do I know this?

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16


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