Micah 5:2 - Are You Shining for Jesus?

Micah 5:2 (NLT) But you, O Bethlehem 
Ephrathah, are only a small village among all the 
people of Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel, whose 
origins are in the distant past, will come from you 
on my behalf.  


   We were living in a large southern city 
when my husband started a job in the Midwest. By 
the time our two little boys and I joined him, 
he had rented a house in a small rural town 
(called a village in that area). The place had one 
stop light, one grocery store, one restaurant, 
and a Dairy Queen. At first his choice surprised 
me, but I soon discovered a community filled 
with friendly people, vibrant church 
congregations, and excellent schools. A forest preserve 
offered wonderful opportunities to enjoy nature. 
Anything else we needed could be reached by a short 
drive down the interstate. 
   Bethlehem may have seemed like an 
insignificant village in the world's eyes, but God had big 
plans in store. This location held special worth 
because it would be the birthplace of the Savior of 
the world. At the right time, Jesus was born and 
the light of His glory shone in the sky in the 
form of a star. This light drew shepherds and 
Magi to Him. 
   In the world's eyes, we may seem 
insignificant or unimportant. We may even feel that way 
about ourselves sometimes. But we have great worth 
because the One who was born in Bethlehem also lives 
inside us. If we live in close fellowship with Him, 
when the time is right His glory will shine from 
us and be seen by anyone we're interacting 
with. How can we feel insignificant when Jesus 
wants to use us to draw people to Himself? Dianne 
Neal Matthews 
   Faith Step: The next time you feel 
unimportant, thank Jesus for living inside you. Ask Him 
to help you shine His light for everyone around 
you to see. [Mornings With Jesus 2021 Devotional 
by Guideposts and Zondervan] 


Matthew 5:14-16 - Shining for Jesus!



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred