Micah 5:2 Small With A Big Impact

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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 

Many people see themselves as small and insignificant. They do not see themselves as being able to contribute much of any value to anything. Having this type of mindset keeps most from trying to accomplish anything great. It becomes a discouragement and magnifies any failures along the way.

Some have learned to push back at small beginnings and do the work it takes to accomplish something big. The world, however, is doing all of this in their own self power.

Micah prophesies about Bethlehem that a great ruler would rise out of her. Bethlehem was seen as a small clan among Judah, but would have a large impact upon the world. This prophecy is about Jesus.

Years later Jesus did come in Bethlehem and became the greatest impact upon the entire world since His arrival.

Just as people in the world are small with very little impact at their beginning, so is every believer. In themselves, believers are just like the world, small and insignificant. However, every believer has something that the world does not have–God’s Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit can take someone who is nothing and transform him into something great. He can take someone with no abilities and use him to change nations. All a believer must do is be willing to listen to God’s Holy Spirit and do what He says.

As Jesus left the earth He told the disciples that all power and authority in heaven and earth has been given to them. This includes every believer today.

With God’s power and authority working in and through a person, he can impact the world.

You may not see yourself as some great or significant person. That is good, because as a believer you do need to be humble. However, with God’s Holy Spirit you can become great in His kingdom. You can be the one that may bring nations to God. You may be the one that is the catalyst to spark the next revival in your church, city, state, or nation.

Allow yourself to be used by God in any way He sees fit. Do what He says and walk in His power and strength and you will impact the world. Be His witness today.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God’s Holy Spirit to work in and through you; that God will use you to reach the lost; and that God will use you to make an impact on this fallen world.

Micah 5:2 Small But Usable

“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 all Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” Micah 5:2

Israel and Judah were being destroyed as nations and put into captivity. One of the towns that were captured was Bethlehem. It was a small town, from a small tribe of Judah. They seemed very insignificant, yet, God had very large plans for that tribe. God would raise up a ruler, who would rule over all of Israel. This ruler would be one who had roots going back to ancient times. This prophecy was looking forward to when Jesus would come to the earth to save all mankind from their sins.

Most people love to hear about stories of an underdog, a person who is small and insignificant, make it big. Stories of a person who had everything going against him, yet, in the end was the big time winner or leader. Stories about the one who no one thought would make it, who had no real chance at any success, but did make it successfully.

Although Bethlehem was a small town from a small tribe, God would use them in a very large way. That way of using them would be one that would touch every nation around the world for the rest of history on this earth and into eternity. Salvation would be provided through a person who came from that small town.

You may look at yourself as someone who is very small and insignificant. You may think your life is not worth anything. Some may even be thinking of ending it all, because there does not seem to be any value in this life.

If you surrender your life to God, He can use you in mighty ways. In ways that can impact the world for eternity. Most people know the name of Billy Graham, but very few people can remember the name of the person who shared Jesus with him. That person appears to be small, but his few words impacted a person, who impacted the entire world for Jesus.

Allow God to use you in the way that He wants to use you. Allow God to use you to impact lives for all eternity. You can do great things through Jesus. You may not be large in the eyes of the world, but you are great in God’s kingdom.

I pray today that you will know God’s plans for you; that you will allow yourself to be used by God; and that God will use you to impact this world for His kingdom.

Matthew 2:6 Not the Least

“But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.” Matthew 1:6

Jesus was born and Magi were coming to worship Him. King Herod heard about this and was disturbed. He was the king, so why would people start coming to worship a new-born baby? As King Herod looks into this, he finds out where Jesus was to be born.

The priests and teachers tell him that this person was to be born in Bethlehem and they quote verses from Micah 5:2, 4. Over 400 years before, Micah had prophesied that a ruler would come out of Bethlehem to lead the people.

Bethlehem had not been known as a town that raised up kings. Nor did the kings set up their throne in Bethlehem. It was looked at as a small insignificant town. Yet, God had very big plans for that town.

Out of this “small” town would come a ruler who would lead all of Israel. His rule would then cross national boundaries and go across the entire world. He would become the long sought for Messiah.

Many times in life you may look at your own life the same way the people of Bethlehem looked at their town: small and not worth much. You may look at your life and ask yourself who you are to do anything of value for God.

While it is true that in and of yourself you have no real value, it is not true in God’s sight. God sees you of high value and great importance to His kingdom. Jesus paid the price of death to get you into God’s kingdom. Although you may see yourself as least, God sees you as a great leader. Every believer is called a priest and will one day be a ruler.

God fills you with His Holy Spirit to guide you and strengthen you. With God all things are possible. God is more than willing to use you to do great things for Him.

Keep yourself open to being used by God. Be willing to be used. God may use you to change an entire nation, or He may use you to change the lives of some people. Either way, it is a mighty job for God’s kingdom. Think about it, if one person comes to salvation in Jesus through you, you saved a person from death. What greater honor is there than that? You are not least when God is with you.

I pray today that God will show you works to do for Him; that God will fill you with His Holy Spirit to guide you; that you will allow yourself to be used to build His kingdom; and that you will see how valuable to God’s kingdom you are in Jesus.