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“Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment.”  Hebrews 11:36

In the midst of reading about the great people of faith in Hebrews 11 we see many familiar names.  We remember the the stories we were taught in Sunday School as a child.  Their names and the faces from flannel graphs are etched in our brain.  However, we get to our text and the names stop and we’re simply told that others suffered for the faith and were found faithful.

I don’t know about you but I would wonder why my name wasn’t worthy to be mentioned.  I know that sounds pretty prideful, but I guess that’s how we are, always looking for the spotlight.  It seems that we all strive to be recognized as significant.  Yet the truth is we are whether anyone else but God acknowledges that.

In Alicia Britt Chole’s book, Anonymous: Jesus’ Hidden Years…and Yours, she writes – “From God’s perspective, anonymous seasons are sacred spaces…Unapplauded, but not unproductive: hidden years are the surprising birthplace of true spiritual greatness.”

She goes on to say, “Jesus was born in Bethlehem in a smelly animal pen (followed by hidden days). He was circumcised in the temple on his eighth day (followed by hidden months). Before turning two, Jesus received a visit from Eastern wise men (followed by hidden years). At the age of twelve he teaches in the temple (followed by almost two entirely hidden decades).”

Jesus never ran toward the spotlight. He never focused on drawing large crowds or marketing His brand. He knew that unseen does not equal unimportant.

Today I want to focus on being known by the only one who’s opinion really matters and that is Jesus Christ.  Today I want to focus on my relationship with Him and praise God for that relationship that was made possible because the baby born in obscurity was crucified for me.

Merry Christmas and may Emmanuel, God with us bless you today.

david ><({‘>


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