“Then they scoffed, “He’s just a carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas, and Simon. And his sisters live right here among us.” They were deeply offended and refused to believe in him.”
Have you ever been underestimated by someone because of your gender, race or faith? Or perhaps it was because of who your parents are? This is what happened in this story.
Jesus returned to His hometown of Nazareth only to find some serious unbelief in the people. He was scoffed at and the people immediately put up walls, and refused to be ministered to. Why? Because they believed that He was JUST a carpenters son.
How could this man who was raised by a carpenter be anything other than ordinary? Where did He get all His wisdom from, and the power to do such miracles? Surely it wasn’t from his parents, because they were “just” average in their eyes.
Don’t allow this world to tell you who you are. You are not defined by the standards of society, but rather by the fact that you are a child of God. You are His. You are loved, and cherished.
Yes, there may be some who think you are “just” a Sunday school teacher, praise singer, pastor’s wife or hostess at your church. But ladies, you are absolutely essential and vital to the moving forward of the kingdom. You are doing an incredible work for God, and every time you serve – God notices.
God, help me to see myself for who I am in You. Let me live my life according to what You think of me.