Simple Folks

Birth of Jesus Matthew 2:1

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Andy Warhol famously said that everyone would have his or her fifteen minutes of fame. I can imagine that we are closer to that reality now than we ever could have been. The advent of the Internet makes it possible that you can share your own original music or your dangerous backyard pranks with the world. And if you can get enough people to watch, then you too can be a star.

At the same time, we are a culture that is more and more celebrity obsessed. Hollywood stars, professional athletes and political figures are ever-present on the late night news or the Yahoo news feed. The media sells us the idea that those people are more important than ordinary folks. We may be tempted to see ourselves as insignificant in the great scheme of things.

The stories of Jesus’ birth in Matthew and Luke remind us that God doesn’t see things that way. Those stories are full of the gracious affirmation of God that the ordinary, the plain and simple, is where we will find God at work. A poor peasant girl, Mary, becomes the mother of Christ. Lowly shepherds are invited to be the first guests at the humble birth of Jesus. Foreign wise men, not Jewish kings or preachers, see the star and honor the Son of God.

Maybe you feel like the world is not noticing you at all. Perhaps it is not. But God is. The lives of simple, ordinary people in simple, ordinary circumstances, that is exactly where God wants to be. Welcome Him.

Merry Christmas!

Love in Christ,

Greg Burriss, Pastor

Rocky River Baptist Church

Siler City, NC

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