“Nazareth!” exclaimed Nathanael. “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” “Come and see for yourself,” Philip replied.”

John 1:46 NLT


It’s always interesting to see people’s response when they ask me where I’m from. I already know before I open my mouth that they have no idea where Olmstead, Kentucky is! I have to describe it as thirty minutes from Western Kentucky University and thirty minutes from Austin Peay. Can anything good come out of Olmstead?

A lot of good did come out of Olmstead. Good people raised me. God allowed all things to work out for my good. It doesn’t matter where you come from as much as it matters where you are going. It’s not where you from it’s where you at!

Jesus was from a little insignificant town where there were little to no expectations. He came from a place where fishing and carpentry were the expectations for a career. The expectations were that most of the men would be under Roman occupation and mete out a meager existence between just enough and not enough. But from this small town would come the Savior of the world!

Phillip told Nathaniel that he had found the Messiah that had been prophesied by Moses, but when he told him that Jesus was from Nazareth he wondered if anything good could come out of Nazareth. His friend told him “Come and see for yourself!”

When you come from a place where nobody expects anything from you…

 

1. Let your work speak for itself. When Nathaniel met Jesus, He told Nathaniel about himself and where he was sitting before he even got there. Nathaniel was amazed by the prophetic gift that Jesus exhibited. God will give you insight on the places and people you will come into contact with.

2. Realize that everybody is not going to get you. There are people God has ordained to get you and help you get to the place of your purpose. They will see you before everybody else does. Don’t waste time on people who don’t get you.

3. Don’t let your environment dictate your destiny. When God has purpose for you it will be your guiding force that will not let you rest in mediocrity even though it may be the norm of where you are from. You are not a product of your environment. You are a product of your purpose.

4. Do not despise small beginnings. God sometimes has to hide greatness in obscurity. God has to hide you until you can be hidden no more.

 

Can anything good come out of your hometown? Well that’s up to you to decide.


Dear God,

Help me to take advantage of every opportunity to live out my purpose. No matter how small my hometown is you birthed greatness in me. Thank you for birthing bigness inside of me. I want to live out everything you ordained for me to accomplish. Help me to live out my purpose in my generation.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen