“‘Philip went to look for Nathaniel and told him, “We have found the very person Moses and the prophets wrote about! His name is Jesus, the son of Joseph from Nazareth.’
‘Nazareth!’ exclaimed Nathaniel. ‘Can anything good come from Nazareth?’” John 1:45-46a
Has anyone ever told you that you aren’t good enough for something? Have they told you that you will never turn out to be worth anything? Or maybe you have decided that because of who you are or where you come from you are not able to be something great.
When I think about this my mind goes back to Remember The Titans, one of the greatest underdog movies in the history of the world (that’s a fact, not just my opinion). (Spoiler Alert) The story is set in suburban Virginia in the early 1970s. Two schools, one African-American and one white, have been combined to make one school, T.C. Williams High School. Coach Boone, an African-American, has been hired to take over as the head coach of the football team. As you can imagine, no one gives him or his team a chance in the upcoming season, due to the struggles and turmoil that they will be facing in a newly integrated school and team. However, despite all odds they are able to put their differences aside and overcome their adversity to ultimately win the state championship.
When I was reading in John the other day the verse above stuck out to me. I began to think about how Jesus didn’t live His life in the same glory that He left this earth with. We see here that even Nathaniel, one of Jesus’ disciples, did not give him a chance when Philip first started telling him about Jesus. His response was, and I paraphrase, “There’s no way! Nothing as great and wonderful as what you’re talking about can come from a place like Nazareth!” Nathaniel didn’t believe Philip, because Nazareth was not a famous or magnificent city. It wasn’t even a city that most Jews liked, because it was the location of an entire garrison of Roman soldiers.
I think a lot of times we find ourselves in similar situations. People discount us because of where we’re from or who our family is, so we begin to believe them. We believe that we will never amount to anything worthwhile. Or maybe that the desire God has placed in our heart can never happen, because we are not one of the fortunate few that grew up in the right place with the right family.
I find it encouraging to know that Jesus, the Savior of the world, was discounted for where He came from. I find it encouraging that even He, our Lord and King, was an underdog and He came out victorious.
Today, through Him, we are also victorious. The Bible says in Romans 8:37, “No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.”
I want you to know that no matter who you are, where you came from, or what you’ve done, the greatest underdog of them all, Jesus Christ, overcame all odds to bring us salvation and hope. It doesn’t matter what adversity you may be facing or may have to face in the future, God has promised you a good future. Don’t let the opinions of people rob you of the future God has promised you. I challenge you today to refuse to settle for anything less than the future that God has for you.