I heard a pastor say yesterday that when Jesus comes into our lives, our lives change. The Bible is clear that when Christ comes into a person’s life His presence makes an impact. We have to look no further than Matthew 1 to see this truth in action.
To get started read Matthew 1:18-25
Joseph, a blue collar kind of guy, a working stiff if you will. You know the kind of guy who works hard and keeps his nose clean. Like most young men he has his eye on a particular young lady. He hopes to make her his wife someday when he’s a little more established and she’s a little older. But life rarely goes according to our plan! But it always goes according to God’s plan.
Have you ever wondered how Joseph found out that his future wife to be was going to have a baby? I have. Did he first hear rumors down at the lumberyard? Did he overhear the town gossip? Did he have a compassionate friend who broke the news to him? Or maybe it was Mary herself who broke the devastating news.
Two lives forever changed by the coming of Christ!
Have you ever had your life change completely while you were sleeping? Joseph did. An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and informed him that what appeared to be chaos was actually the orderly working out of God’s plan.
God’s plan was not an easy one, in fact Matthew makes the contrast between what Joseph was planning to do what God wanted him to do. Joseph was planning divorce, God was planning marriage. Joseph was planning on somebody else raising the baby. God’s plan was for Joseph to raise the baby.
Joseph like many of us was looking to do A right thing, God on the other hand wanted Joseph to do THE right thing, the hard thing.
The coming of Jesus began with two lives being impacted, by two lives being dramatically saved. And that pattern continues today.
Just because your life is hard, it may be difficult, it may not be working out according to your plan that does not mean that you are doing something wrong, it could be! If you are the Holy Spirit will reveal that to you through the Scriptures. But during those times when the faithful Christian experiences difficulties take comfort that in His sovereignty God is carefully and patiently working out His plan through you.
When Jesus comes things change. Has Jesus come to you?
Take a few moments to thank the Lord Jesus for coming to you and impacting your life. And yes, even thank Him for the hard times. Because without Him life would even be harder![/sws_author_bio_ui]