Decorating my heart for Christmas part 2
Before I begin with part two of this series I have to share that the highlight of decorating my home this year for Christmas was spray paint. Yes spray paint! I was impressed by this blog and all the things she spray painted. I decided to give it a try and I was pleasantly surprised.
In part one of this series, I mentioned ways to decorate our hearts for Christmas. Today I pick up where I left off. Joseph did not reason he responded…with IMMEDIATE OBEDIENCE. Mathew 1:24 says when Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of The Lord commanded. He brought Mary home to be his wife. There is much to be said about immediate obedience. If I think on something too long, the crazier it seems, and the less likely I am to respond in obedience. If you know God is speaking to your heart, just do it. A lack of response shows our inability to trust God. How can we really serve Him if we don’t trust Him?
Not only did Joseph respond with immediate obedience but the scripture says that Mary remained a virgin until her son was born. As a husband, Joseph sacrificed his rights for sexual intimacy in order for God’ plan to be fulfilled. He was willing to wait and did not insist on his rights. Sacrifice is such a foreign concept in today’s culture. It is all about our rights. We worship at the alter of, “Me myself and I.” The idea of sacrifice is scoffed at, our will is glorified…hence the great chaos in our lives and this world. If you have chosen the way of the cross, sacrifice is mandatory. But no need to mourn because when you sacrifice for Jesus it is always redemptive. Always! It was necessary for Jesus to be born to a virgin and his birth set in motion God’s redemptive plan mentioned in Genesis 3:15, how awesome is that?
Finally after the child is born Joseph named him Jesus just as he was instructed to d0 in Mathew 1:25. Joseph said yes and stuck to the plan from start to finish, down to the very name. Sometimes we start our journey with Jesus having a complete yes but as time goes on we get creative. We begin to do what God has called us to do in our own way, our own strength, we put our own twist to His plan. There is no such thing as partial obedience. Carefully follow All of God’s commands. Have you deviated from the plans God has given you? Repent, ask for mercy and get on track.
My prayer is that we will have a desire for more than beautifully decorated homes this Christmas. A heart decorated with obedience is sure to shine bright! Be blessed!
About the Author
Anika Jones is a speaker and author of the book Lessons Learned Along The Way: A 40 Day Devotional. She blogs about faith and family at LivingForLater.com and posts weekly videos on her YouTube channels, Living For Later (@livingforlater) and Living Life Now (@livinglifenow). Anika loves speaking about developing intimacy with God and understanding who we are in Christ. She serves alongside her husband in ministry. They live in Illinois with their 6 children.