What is it that you could be trusted with? What work or responsibility would God deem you fit to undertake? Joseph was trusted with the responsibility of having Jesus, the Son of God, in his home.
So what was this man like who was granted to have such a privilege? What attributes did this man display who was to play such a crucial part in the unfolding of God’s purposes of grace. This is the Word we read in Matthew 1:18-19:
This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: his mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 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.
- a man of truth. He was faithful to the law. He was a man’s whose bent was to do the right thing. When faced by any situation, he said: “What does the Word of the law of God have to say about this matter?”
- a man of grace. He did not implement the Word in a harsh way. Rather he had a bent to do that which would maximize the benefit of others. So he could have determined to have made a great show of putting away Mary because of the shameful circumstances she was in. But that was not his way. he wanted to casue Mary as little difficulty as possible
- a man of obedience. When the angel of the LORD had given revelation to Joseph about the true nature of Mary’s situation and the implications of it, he forthwith obeyed the call upon himself. He took Mary into his home (see Matt. 1:24).
Let us ponder then upon how a righteous, gracious and obedient man was called to fulfil a great ministry in God’s plan.
Are we of similar calibre? What could you and I be trusted with by the LORD?