Joseph’s Story


Not much is known about him, but he must have been someone ‘special’ too.

Special, in that the Lord knew he would listen and follow. The Lord knew that he was a righteous man. The Lord knew he would follow through.

What do we know about him?

He was ‘righteous’ (Matthew 1:19)

He was apparently tuned in to the Lord (Matthew 1:20-24; 2:13-15)

He was a carpenter (Matthew 13:55)

And he was willing.

That’s about it. Don’t know how long he lived, what he thought about Jesus as he grew.

Think about this: Joseph had to be the ‘father’ to the Son of God!

How do you teach the Son of God?

How do you discipline Him, direct Him, advise Him?

All of these things had to have been difficult for Joseph, but like Mary, he was willing and faithful.

…and that’s exactly what we are asked to be!

Joseph doesn’t get much credit in church history, not much ‘press’, but he’s a good man, a good father, and a willing participant in God’s AMAZING plan!

Many of us have opportunities like that too–not to be the earthly father of the Son of God, but to be part of God’s plan in this world.

Most of us, like Joseph, will serve in relative anonymity. Not many will really know what we do.

That’s not important.

What is important is that we say ‘yes’, everyday…not only with our voices, but also with our actions.

We say ‘yes’ as we faithfully love our spouses and lead our families.

We say ‘yes’ as we do the absolute best job we can wherever we’re working.

We say ‘yes’ as we try to sensitively but consistently bring the Lord into our daily lives and conversation, and

We say ‘yes’ as we love one another as Christ did.

Today, you and I can be like Joseph.

Despite all the questions we have, we can say “YES”!

Watch the video, (The clip begins at the 5:25 mark and goes to 7:15)


1) What is one way you have said ‘yes’ to God in your daily life over the past week?

2) What is one more way He is moving you to say ‘yes’ to Him this week?

Prayer Focus:

Pray about your willingness to serve the Lord, and your desire to ‘welcome Him’ into your everyday life.

Published by Pastor Dave Johnson

Follower of Jesus, Husband to Lori, Proud Father to 6 great kids, Co-Pastor of Kalamazoo Community Church. Long-suffering Detroit Lions fan.

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