Sunday, December 25, 2016

Marching to the Drumbeat of Heaven!

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This is how Jesus Christ was born. A young woman named Mary was engaged to Joseph from King David's family. But before they were married, she learned that she was going to have a baby by God's Holy Spirit.  Joseph was a good man and did not want to embarrass Mary in front of everyone. So he decided to quietly call off the wedding.  While Joseph was thinking about this, an angel from the Lord came to him in a dream. The angel said, "Joseph, the baby that Mary will have is from the Holy Spirit. Go ahead and marry her.  Then after her baby is born, name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."

Matthew 1: 18 - 21

The beauty of the birth of Jesus Christ was marred in the eyes of the world by the quite “obvious truth” that Mary became pregnant by someone other than Joseph.  And, if they didn’t think that Mary had been immoral, they at least thought Joseph had been intimate with Mary before they were married.  Either way, the most glorious and wonderful conception of a baby ever was seen as the result of someone’s sin!  

When you yield your heart to Jesus Christ and your life for the fulfillment of His will, how will those around you judge what they see?  As you embark on a life of living by the miraculous power of God instead of your own human strength, at the least you will look like a person who has lost his sanity.  And of course, like they did in the case of Mary, you may be judged to be a sinner!

Walking through your life on earth while marching to the drumbeat of Heaven is perhaps the greatest difficulty of following Jesus.  The standards and expectations of Eternity are not really compatible with the rules of humanity, established by the world around you!  As a child of God, walking in the light and being led by the Holy Spirit, you see those still caught in the world as extremely foolish.  And people who are not followers of Jesus see Christians the same way!  

It is only when the world sees the Power of God working in your life that they come to suspect that there may be truth and substance to what you believe!  Like Mary, the mother of Jesus you must look at what God is doing through you and not at what other people think of your life!  

“Lord Jesus, thank You for giving me the example of living a life that cannot be understood by the world around me.  May You Jesus be praised forever!  Amen.”

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