The Best Gift Devotion Series: Joseph...

Thursday, December 22, 2016


Let's continue in our study of God's people blessed to be part of the First Christmas and how they responded to the best gift of all - Jesus.

Joseph.


Let's read Matthew 1:18-24.

18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about[d]: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet[e] did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,[f] because he will save his people from their sins.”
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”[g](which means “God with us”).
24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus. 


Joseph obeyed and cared more about God’s opinion than seeking the approval of others.

Joseph faced the possibility of immense social scrutiny for not divorcing his wife.  The child was not his.  He chose to obey God and seek his approval rather than seek temporary comfort in the approval of society.  It could not have been easy.  He was faithful to God and trusted Him.

Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. {Galatians 1:10}


Do we obey God and seek to please him over the approval of others like Joseph?


It's hard.  It's in our nature to please others, want respect and admiration from others.  No one aims to be the oddball, the odd man out.  Sometimes, obedience to God and social acceptance are at odds.  It's our choice whose approval we seek.


Let's seek God's approval like Joseph this Christmas.

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