My friend, may I ask you a question? Obedience to God, especially when that obedience requires a huge sacrifice our lives, perhaps even persecution and shame, is never easy in that sense. So, why do we do it? In the end is it just a small price to pay for eternal life?
My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
"When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary to be his wife." (Matthew 1:24) God spoke to Joseph in a dream that Mary, his young wife to be, had not been unfaithful to him. Mary, according to the angel, had "conceived" of the Holy Spirit. There was no sin here at all. Joseph was commanded to take her and marry her. He was also to name the child Jesus. Joseph, the carpenter and son of David, had a dream. In that dream God spoke to him through an angel. He asked Joseph to believe something that was incredible, unbelievable in every sense. He wasn't asking him to make something with his hands. That would have been believable for Joseph. He was a carpenter. He wasn't asking him to walk a different path in life, perhaps to change vocation or even his home. Even that would have been believable for it was doable. He wasn't asking Joseph to give all his money to the poor or anything else quite doable by human standards. No, He was asking Joseph to believe that a virgin could conceive and that this conceiving was by the Holy Spirit. And, if that wasn't enough, the child would be God's own son.
God could have easily done all of this in another way, in a much more believable and doable way. Yet, He chose to use a miracle. An unknown writer has put it this way. "If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent us an educator; If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist; If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist; If our greatest need had been pleasure, God would have sent us an entertainer; But our greatest need was forgiveness, so God sent us a Savior." (Source Unknown.)
As unbelievable as all of this was, Joseph took it to heart and did what the angel had commanded him to