November 19, 2019
Thanksgiving is a little more than a week away and then Christmas is just around the corner. That got me thinking of what Joseph and Mary were going and had gone through for the past 8 months.
Matthew 1:24 “When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.”
Can you imagine the ridicule Mary and Joseph received? They lived in a small town. Everyone knew everyone’s business. The men in the community were probably siding with Joseph and calling him a fool. “Yea right Joseph, Mary didn’t have sex with anyone and then poof, she is pregnant.” “Are you going to believe that nonsense”. “Come with us we will find you a wife that doesn’t lie”. Can you imagine Mary’s parents, especially her father? Honor was everything. “Did you hear that Mary is pregnant and she isn’t married yet? I wonder who it could be. I can’t imagine Joseph sticking around.”
I don’t care who you are, we have all said hurtful things to others. I am sure that both Mary and Joseph had many, many hurtful things said to them by their closest friends and the looks they received would have said it all. But God was near. He knew the hearts of Mary and Joseph. That is why he sent the angel to comfort them and to tell them of things to come. The Bible briefly talks about this, but this couple lived with mean looks from others for quite some time. Actually I would have to say that some of Mary and Joseph’s friends and family ridiculed them till after the resurrection of their son, Jesus. Mary and Joseph had other sons but in the back of everyone’s mind was that first pregnancy.
But here is what we have to take away with us today. Do what God desires of you to do. Don’t do things to please man which will never be enough, BUT work for man to please God. Mary and Joseph knew their mission and what a mission it was. They were to protect the Savior of the world till it was time that Jesus could take care of himself. We do so many things in this life to make people like us that will never give us the time of day. It is called “Trying to fit in”. For those of you who are a Christian you will never fit into this world if you follow Jesus. Some of you try to do both, follow man and God, but it cannot be done. YOU have to choose. Many of you lack joy in your life and it is because of this very fact of affirmation by man. Make today the final day you stop the merry go round of trying to get people to like you. You are not here on this earth to be a friend of this world. You are to serve Jesus in a humble spirit and to lead others to Him, even your enemies.
Don’t follow man, Jesus can be your full and pleasant portion.
Have a great day.