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"They Returned"

January 5, 2004

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They returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth. Luke 2:39


For Joseph and Mary, the mission of God in their lives, and for the world, would continue to unfold in their hometown of Nazareth as they raised their son, Jesus.

It was a typical Monday morning in January with chilly temperatures and a brisk wind. Everything was returning to normal. Julie returned to teaching 4th grade with Jenny in tow. Bill dropped Sam off at school on the way to work.

Yet, for Bill and Chuck, though they returned to their same jobs at the same place in the same town, something was different. Chuck perceived that God was at work in him. Bill had a renewed relationship with God.

Bill and Chuck had lunch and talked about all God had been doing. Chuck said, “I want to know more about God and His love for me in Jesus. My life is already changing for the better because of Him. Bobby and I talked about it last night. We want to go back to your church, Bill. Jesus is the Savior I need.”

Bill told Chuck about a class the pastor taught for those who wanted to learn more about God and about the church. He asked Chuck, “May I have the pastor send you information and sign you up for the class? I’ll even go with you, if you like.” Chuck said, “I’ll look forward to it.”

Yes, Christ’s mission was alive where Bill worked in his hometown.

The mission of God happens at our job, our home, or wherever God places us. Though you may daily return to a familiar setting or circumstance, the mission of God, and our witness to the same, must remain vibrant and alive.

Pray that God will keep you focused on His mission and your witness of Him in your daily vocation.

Today's Bible Readings: Genesis 13-15    Matthew 5:1-26

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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