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Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"In My Hometown"

December 23, 2003

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Everyone went to his own town to register. Luke 2:3


The birth of Jesus was not set for some extravagant location. It would happen in the simple town of Bethlehem, the place of Joseph’s lineage, as prophesied (reference Micah 5:2).

Bill called Chuck Tuesday afternoon, hoping to invite him to Christmas Eve services. But Chuck was extremely busy and invited Bill to stop by his home after work.

Chuck invited Bill into the house. Chuck apologized, “Sorry the place is a bit messy. Since my wife left, it’s just us guys and house cleaning is not our thing.”

Bill didn’t mind. In fact, he thought it looked quite comfortable and was glad Chuck felt at ease to invite him over.

Chuck continued, “So, Bill, what’s on your mind?”

Bill summoned the courage to ask, “I don’t want you to feel uncomfortable or pressured, but, would you like to come with me and my family to the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service tomorrow evening?”

Chuck thought about it and responded, “I don’t know. I’m not sure I’m ready for that. Can I think about it? Can you call me in the morning?”

Bill said, “Sure.” He left without any doubt knowing that God had sent him into a new mission field. Amazingly, he thought, “It was Chuck’s living room.”

The work of God’s mission happens in your hometown, and sometimes, in the living room of a friend’s house. Be prepared to give a witness of the hope within you wherever the Lord may lead.

Pray that God will provide you with opportunities to witness of Him in “simple,” unexpected places.

Today's Bible Readings: Esther 9-10    Revelation 14

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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