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Greg Laurie Devotional | 13 December 2021

Greg Laurie Devotional | 13 December 2021

Greg Laurie Devotional | 13 December 2021

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Greg Laurie Devotional 13th December 2021 Written By Greg Laurie Devotion

TOPIC: Despised by the World

SCRIPTURE: God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing that the world considers important. —1 Corinthians 1:28

MESSAGE

I think we’ve made Christmas too beautiful. We see it through a certain lens, and as a result, we’ve lost the raw power of the original story. We’ve added so many layers of tradition to it that we’ve forgotten what it’s all about.

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For instance, we’ve romanticized the images of Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus with halos and tranquil facial expressions. We have the wise men arriving on their camels wearing coordinating colors. (By the way, the Bible doesn’t even say there were three wise men; it simply says they brought three gifts.

Greg Laurie Devotional | 13 December 2021

And we’ve certainly romanticized the shepherds. In the first century, shepherds were not popular people. They were very low on the social ladder. In fact, they were despised. They did the work that no one else wanted to do. They went out there and got their hands and feet dirty. So when the shepherds heard that the Savior was born in a manger or a barn, they could relate to it.

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As 1 Corinthians 1:28 reminds us, “God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all and used them to bring to nothing that the world considers important” (NLT).

Greg Laurie Devotional | 13 December 2021

Isn’t that true? During Jesus’s earthly ministry, that was His modus operandi. He was always going after the outcasts. In John’s gospel, for example, we see Jesus showing mercy to the woman caught in the act of adultery. And in Luke, we find him going out of His way to speak to Zacchaeus, a tax collector who didn’t have a friend in Jericho.

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That’s why Jesus was called the friend of sinners. God handpicked shepherds, who were at the bottom of the social ladder, to be the first evangelists with the message that the Messiah had come.

This should give hope to ordinary people like you and me.

Greg Laurie Devotional | 13 December 2021

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Greg Laurie is the Senior Pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship with campuses in California and Hawaii. He began his pastoral ministry at the age of 19 by leading a Bible study of 30 people. Copyright © 2021 by Harvest Ministries. All rights reserved.

Greg Laurie Devotional | 13 December 2021

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Say this 1 Minute Prayer 

Lord Jesus, I believe you died for my sins, Forgive me of all my iniquities. I accept you as my Lord and Saviour from today and forevermore. Come and Be the Lord of my life and I am willing to obey your command and live according to your will as you help me, Thank you for accepting me into your fold. AMEN

JOHN 3: 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God

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