December 23, 2015 – Wednesday
Matthew 1:24-25 (NLT) When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife. But he did not have sexual relations with her until her son was born. And Joseph named him Jesus.
When people meet me, they instantly see I have “male pattern baldness.” But what they may not see so quickly is my “male pattern stubbornness”– known in my household as MPS. The symptoms: refusal to read instructions; refusal to listen to directions; refusal to admit I can’t fix something; and basically a refusal to recognize my need for help. Often it takes the sweet voice of my wife to persuade me to acknowledge my MPS and my need for help.
Joseph was like that, too. He faced a situation where he needed help, but he had his own plan. His betrothed wife was with child, and it wasn’t his. While the law permitted him to really humiliate her, he had a plan to privately deal with the issue and be rid of the “situation” completely. But the sweet voice of an angel let him know of his need for help. And once confronted with MPS, Joseph wisely realized there was a better plan — God’s plan. Submitting to God’s plan brought blessing not only to Joseph, but to the entire world.
God knew humanity needed help and sent His Son Jesus. He gave us instruction and, through Jesus, His instruction would fix the world’s sin problem.
During this Christmas season, what do you need help with in your workplace? Do you hear the voice of a subordinate trying to help? Do you ignore that voice? Do you hear the voice of your boss providing direction? And do you still try to push through on your own? Do you humble yourself and seek help of coworkers to overcome what is beyond your scope or expertise?
Did you seek God this morning to find instruction for the workday? Truth is, you have a need for help, my friend, and that’s why Jesus came.
At work today, be that sweet voice that tells others about their need for help through Jesus. And Merry Christmas to all!
Father, thank You for Jesus and the hope I have only in Him. Allow me to see my need, and the need of others, as I turn to You for help. Provide direction in my life as I seek to glorify You. In Your Son’s name, I pray. Amen.
Pastor Bill Dudley MPA
U.S. Department of Defense Logistician
Virginia Beach, Virginia USA