Christmas and the Unassuming

Charlie Brown gives a wonderful rendering of the story of Christmas.  Let’s look a bit deeper to the people that played an important role in that true story.

In the Judean Hills, five miles from Jerusalem, sat an unassuming town called Bethlehem. It wasn’t a place for majestic concerts, political debates, or a vacation package for Club Med. Just an unassuming little town. God loves the unassuming.Mary was engaged to Joseph and traveled with him to Bethlehem. Luke 2:5

There, the Christ-child was born.  Not in a palace, or a house, but a stable where the best mattress was a bed of hay.

Mary and Joseph were also unassuming.  They were people without rank or popularity.  Joseph, was a hard-working carpenter and Mary looked forward to a life with Joseph.  Their obedience, despite what it looked like to other people, had met with angels and been given a phenomenal and miraculous task.  Their humble willingness is a great example.  God loves the unassuming. 

The angel greeted Mary and said, “You are truly blessed! The Lord is with you.” Luke 1:28

While Joseph was thinking about this, an angel from the Lord came to him in a dream. The angel said, “Joseph, the baby that Mary will have is from the Holy Spirit. Go ahead and marry her”. Matthew 1:28

The Shepherds were unassuming.  They were uneducated, stinky, gruff and outdoorsy men (we have sheep and they can be pretty stinky and I do a lot of bleach loads after working with them). These shepherds were hardworking but no one really paid much attention to them.  They were able to see a heavenly choir and meet the Christ Child before anyone did.  God loves the unassuming.

That night in the fields near Bethlehem some shepherds were guarding their sheep.  All at once an angel came down to them from the Lord, and the brightness of the Lord’s glory flashed around them. Luke 2:8-9

After the angels had left and gone back to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see what the Lord has told us about.” They hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and they saw the baby lying on a bed of hay. Luke 2:15-16

God sees what the world cannot. God can still use CEO’s and people in high places too but we mustn’t forget everyone is included in God’s plan.  No status required.

When we begin to feel under valued or that we haven’t done much as the world evaluates, God loves us and never gives up on us.  We are valued. 

The Christmas story proves it.  Unassuming doesn’t mean worthless, it means humble and that is all God wants.  The town of Bethlehem was the place and Mary and Joseph and the shepherds got in on the first act of Jesus’ life.  How awesome is that.

Today, whether we living in a small town or a huge city, whether we are a CEO, parent at home, or a factory worker, student, etc. etc., God is excited to use us if we choose to believe in the humble/ unassuming entrance of Jesus and is sacrifice for us.   

Then after her baby is born, name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21

God loves you and has chosen you as his own special people. So be gentle, kind, humble, meek, and patient. Colossians 3:12

I love this true story of Christmas.  It is for everyone and for all time.

Open Your Best Christmas Present:

  • Read the account in Matthew 1 and Luke 2.
  • Realize that unassuming aka humble is what God loves.
  • Understand that God’s gift to you is the greatest gift of all. Its priceless.
  • God loves you and believes, without a doubt, you are valued. That is why He sent Jesus.

Merry Christmas and see you in the New Year!

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