Can anything good come from a rundown town?
Do you believe your background or lack of pedigree can disqualify you from serving God? Do you feel insufficient due to critical comments?
Take heart, Jesus received an abrupt retort from Nathanael while he was calling disciples to follow him.
Picture one of the rundown towns or cities near your home; perhaps a place that is economically depressed and has a reputation of being poor—a location on the “other side of the tracks.”
Now you have a picture of Nazareth. We’ve romanticized it since we associate the small town with Jesus. Yet according to Jesus’ soon-to-be disciple, Nathanael, it was not a nice place.
“Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Nathanael asked Philip.
“Come and see,” Philip replied.
Yet more importantly, anyone who responds to Jesus can experience what John described:
“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:12-13).
Following Christ makes us joint heirs of God’s kingdom, which is a pretty nice place to be, regardless of where you are from!
– Jim McNeff