Come in Obedience

5 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

The Scripture says to the Little town of Bethlehem, you who are too little to be numbered among the clans of Judah… God does not choose the greatest or the largest. Neither does He choose the richest or the swift. It doesn’t depend on who you are, and neither is your past held against you.

Bethlehem was the smallest because the Benjamites had done an outrageous thing in Israel in Judges chapter 19. When the men of Gibeon wanted to rape the man from the hill country of Ephraim, he sent his concubine out to them, and they rapped her all night long.

In the morning, the man found her dead, her hand still clutching the threshold. A civil war broke out, and the men of the tribe of Benjamin were almost wiped out. Yet, God did not hold their past against them. But because of His servant David, the littlest town in all of Judea was chosen.

If God chose Bethlehem, because of His servant King David, in spite of their ancestors, how much more will He choose us in spite of our failures because of His Son Jesus Christ. He chooses those who are willing. All we have to do is come. For many are called, but few are chosen because few come in obedience.

Come in obedience. Come in faith, and the LORD Jesus will receive you this Christmas.

Heavenly Father, thank you for choosing us and loving us even though we were unlovable. Help us to live for You in obedience so that we might be pleasing to You. In Jesus Name, amen.

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