Jesus faithfully served at home in Nazareth for thirty years before being released into the call of God on His life. Nazareth was…”just Nazareth.” It was no special place. The city of Nazareth was a small and insignificant agricultural village in the time of Jesus. It had no trade routes, and was of little economic importance. It is believed that the population never exceeded 500 while Jesus lived there. It was “just Nazareth.”
In “just Nazareth,” Jesus most likely learned to be a carpenter’s helper since his earthy father Joseph was a carpenter. He learned to live in a family, and what it means to care for those in the household. He learned to submit to parental authority. He learned how to be around regular, every day folks. He learned to do life. It was not wasted time.
When the time came, God said, “You’ve completed this assignment, and now it’s name to move from “just Nazareth.” Jesus was released, and went about doing the work for which He was born, and fulfilled purpose.
We all have times we feel we are in “just Nazareth,” but rest assured that God uses these places to prepare us for our divine destiny. Never despise “just Nazareth.”
“The Lord will work out his plans for my life…” – Psalm 138:8