God in the Ordinary — Mary and Joseph

Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. (Luke 1:26-27, NASB).”

Mary and Joseph; two ordinary people given an extraordinary purpose — to help bring Jesus into the world. “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14).” They submitted to God’s call on their life:

“And Mary said, ‘Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.’ And the angel departed from her (Luke 1:38).”

“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).”

In the midst of your life, in what you may view as very ordinary, God is calling you to do extraordinary things. He wants to birth new life in you in Christ Jesus. He wants to grow you and mature you in faith in Christ. He wants you to bring the hope of the gospel to the people he places in your life. “The people who walk in darkness Will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, The light will shine on them (Isaiah 9:2).” The light of Jesus can shine from you into the darkness of this world — into the most ordinary places of your daily life.

© 2021, CGThelen

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