Despite all His other options, God chose for Jesus to grow up in Nazareth, a tiny little town of around 300 peasants and share-croppers... of which Jesus was one. Just three miles to the north was Sepphoris, Herod Antipas' capitol city of 30,000. Also, to the far south was Jerusalem, a place where even at twelve years old, Jesus would've been heartily welcomed as a Talmudine (disciple) of the greatest Rabbis in Israel. And yet, despite His many opportunities, Jesus repeatedly denied Himself the trappings of wealth and fame and fashion and power as it is all understood by the world.
What does the example of Jesus' peasant life of poverty in Nazareth mean for us as we seek to live in the footsteps of our Rabbi thru the leading and power of God's saving Spirit?