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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Honoring God

We can we learn about honoring God from Joseph and Mary. Their initial choices in the birth of Jesus serves as a reminder to us today.


Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. - Matthew 1:19 He had knowledge and love for God's Word. He showed grace and mercy, but in his humanness "had in mind" still needed an angelic intervention.

When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. - Matthew 1:24 He was obedient to God's plan.

What quality or faithfulness do you see in Joseph that we can apply to the choices you have to make?
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.- Luke 1:38 She shows understanding and obedience.

And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me - holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.
He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their throne but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.”- Luke 1:46-55
She shows a great heart full of love and hope. This song comes from her heart, but is also psalms the she knew and similar to another mother named Hannah whom God intervened so she could give birth to a son (1 Samuel 2:1-10).

What quality or faithfulness do you see in Mary that we can apply to the choices you have to make? May we always use the hope of Christ when we make choices in this life.

Be wise today and always - receive and use this hope that Christ gives.