There is nothing remarkable about this old house; it’s a typical “working man’s” home of the mid 19th century. It has three rooms, a kitchen and parlor and a single bedroom. The house isn’t located in a glamorous location, in fact it’s in a town you may never have heard of before, Galesburg, Illinois. I doubt that most people would look at it and guess that a Pulitzer prize winner would have been born here, but in fact one of America’s greatest writers was born and grew up here; Carl Sandburg.
There are many stories about great people who come from humble beginnings, in fact America is rather famous for this sort of thing. If you continue down the interstate, you’ll come upon the very humble place where the young Abraham Lincoln kept shop. Three hours to the west is a very similar house where Herbert Hoover was born, and (more or less) in between is the humble home where Ronald Reagan was born.
These kinds of stories, while a hallmark of America, are hardly unique to this country. God’s Son was born in a stable because there was no other place to stay. He never had a home to call his own and yet he has changed the lives of hundreds of millions and provides the hope of eternal life to this day. Those who followed him, his disciples, were largely of equally humble origins. There was nothing in particular to recommend them, they were not educated and very young, and yet God used them in a mighty way.
You and I may not be from the most famous of families, we may not be the best educated or the greatest in the sight of men, and yet God can and will use us to do great things for His Kingdom. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from, for God is not interested in how this world views you, in fact for those who come from humble origins there is quite an advantage for serving God’s Kingdom: We aren’t caught up in the trap of riches and worldly position. For those of humble origin, greatness in God’s Kingdom is awaiting. The only question is: Will we answer His call?