His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 2 Peter 1:3
EVERYTHING, not somethings we need to live for Him, or just half, but His divine power HAS given us EVERYTHING we need to live for Him. Wow! How well am I doing at submitting, trusting and taking steps forward in faith when I can’t see, don’t understand or maybe all my plans appear to have completely crumbled? If I’m missing the mark yet I’m fully equipped why is that?
Lets look at Joseph in Matthew 1:18-25. Did you read that?! Wow right! Right off in verse 18 Joseph has his future plans according to him obliterated with two little words “but before”!! He planned to marry Mary but before he could she told him she was pregnant! Plans derailed!
So Joseph being the respectful and upstanding guy that he is gathers himself and makes another plan to deal with the situation. Verse 19 states “he had in mind…” All too often I too get it in my mind how I should or could “fix” my issue. However no sooner does he think he has the mess under control in verse 19 verse 20 comes up as a kicker to his second plan! “But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him…” We might be tempted to think we wish an angel would just come out and set us straight that would be so much easier… but would it really, especially if we didn’t understand or like or even if what was said scarred us to death? Remember too that 2 Peter 1:3 says we have been given everything we need but how?….through our knowledge of him who called us… How well do we know Him? How much time do we put toward trying to get to know Him?
So following up with Joseph, verse 24 states, When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord commanded him (it doesn’t say he wasn’t afraid, or that he even understood any of it, just that he obeyed) AND took Mary home as his wife AND he had no union with her until she had given birth AND he named the baby Jesus just like the angel had said (he didn’t go with the family name he may have always thought he would give his first son). Joseph was willing to submit and drop every bit of his life long plans to serve His King in spite of fear, disappointment, discouragement, humiliation, doubt and any number of other emotions!
I think God chose Joseph because He saw a heart fully devoted to Him and when He sees that God can infuse His strength like never before to go and live WAY beyond ourselves! 2 Chronicles 16:9 For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. As Joseph proved faithful the adventure was only beginning! Twice more in just the second chapter of Matthew Joseph is asked to get up and go and he does without a question where I might need be tempted to ask nine hundred after I sat and analyzed for nine hundred days! But where is my faith in that kind of response?! Hebrews 11:6 says without faith it is impossible to please God!
He has an amazing adventure for each life that He creates but how willing are we to live it? To the degree that we are willing to sacrifice our own will. Does that sound like bad news.. sacrifice our own will especially if you are like me and that will is pretty strong and hard to kill? It’s not!! Look at Joseph’s example – he could have gone his own way and lived a quiet, normal life but in the face of eternity look at what he gained through self sacrifice!!!! On earth he got to raise Jesus and his life is recorded forever in the book of life to encourage us. Life, no matter how you live it is not going to be easy, Jesus never said it would be, we can choose to live for self and this is as good as it gets but if you live it in Him and for Him, fully equipped by Him this is the worst it will ever get, paradise in His Kingdom is coming!!!
Jesus please give me a faith unshakable and ever increasing trust in who You are because I want to be found fully committed and willing to live the adventure all the way out for Your praise, honor and glory. Thank you for giving Your life so that I could choose to truly live!
Independent Read: Luke 19:10, John 10:10, John 3:16, Romans 14:11, John 14:1-3, Romans 8:28