Another interesting fact about Nazareth, the town where Jesus was raised, is that it was a four mile walk from a place called Sepphoris, which may have been the birthplace of His mother Mary. As our Savior was growing up, this city, which was perched atop a 400-foot hill, was being built up by Herod Antipas to showcase the spectrum of Roman beauty and engineering. Since we know that Jesus was a tekton, or someone who worked with His hands (not necessarily a carpenter in the traditional sense of the word), it’s very possible that he and Joseph spent their days hewing stone there before He launched His earthly ministry. Since there wasn’t much work to be had in Nazareth, Sepphoris, which historian Josephus called “The Jewel of Galilee,” was a logical place of employment for craftsmen. Featuring beautiful mosaics and boasting a 4,000 seat amphitheater chiseled from the rock, working at the site of this ancient masterpiece would have provided our Lord exposure to both the Greek and Roman cultures and thus equipped Him more comprehensively for His later call.
My friend, no assignment you’ve been given is insignificant. Though we live in a world that likes to prioritize skills and employment according to their prestige or profit, God has called you to do something specific, and it’s part of His greater plan and purpose. Even if you’re unsatisfied and you aspire to bigger things in the future, take time to thank Him for where you are right now. While you may feel bored, stuck, or burnt out, He is using your current assignment to prepare you to do even more, and everything that’s being built up in you today will be built out in the years to come. He never wastes a moment of what you go through, and He weaves every minute of hard work into a masterpiece that uniquely displays His glory.