Lessons on Obedience and Faithfulness
“And Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife, but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name Jesus.” (Matthew 1:24-25, NASB)
Employment Applications, Confidentiality & Non-Compete Agreements, New Hire & OJT Forms, Policy & Procedures, Standard Operating Procedures, and Safety Manuals outline company rules, guidelines, expectations and requirements. They even spell out penalties and consequences for failure to comply with these rules and guidelines. Compliance or obedience is critical for your success in the business world and in life.
This passage shows the importance of following God’s instructions for His will to be fulfilled in our life. Mary showed obedience to Gabriel’s instructions and allowed the Holy Spirit to come upon her, she conceived and bore the child Jesus. Joseph showed obedience and married Mary, despite his desire to put her away privately. He obeyed and did not sleep with Mary until after Jesus was born. Joseph was faithful and obedient to the instructions about the naming of his son and called him Jesus.
The Gospels reveal that Jesus was obedient and faithful to all of God’s instructions even to death on the cross. Mary, Joseph, and Jesus all walked in humble obedience and faithfulness to God’s commandments. As I meditate on these verses, I am reminded of the times in my life where I have been stubborn, rebellious and disobedient. I am thankful that I’m now in a place where I’m learning the importance of obedience and faithfulness. I praise God that I look forward to every opportunity to show God how much I love Him by willingly and joyfully obeying Him quickly and completely.
Child of God, are you walking in obedience and faithfulness in every area of your life? If not, I suggest you learn from the life of Mary, Joseph, and Jesus? I encourage you to listen and obey. Allow God to use you for His purpose and plans. When you do, be prepared to be amazed!
Father, thank You for Your Word and for all of Your lessons on obedience and faithfulness. Holy Spirit, teach me and help me to obey and be faithful in all I do and say. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.
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