Arguably one of the most important (and difficult) ministry positions of all time was given to a very young couple who had none of the required experience.
When I say ‘young’, I mean probably teenage.
When they were first given the job they weren’t even married but yet God decided that they were the perfect couple for the job.
Their preparation looked like this:
- Be born
- Be raised like any other kids
- Learn the family business
- Love God
- Find a good spouse
As far as we know, that was it. We have no record of any ‘special’ preparation, no big plans to be the most important couple of their time, no intense training courses – they were just a couple of kids doing what kids do.
Then, with no warning, angels start appearing to them and tell them that out of all the people that would ever live, they had been chosen by Almighty God to be the parents of the Messiah.
From that moment, their decisions became harder than most of us could ever imagine and their lives became more important than they could even comprehend.
They were to raise, protect, teach and love the single most important person of all time.
Here’s a quick look at some of the choices they had to make in the next couple of years:
- Do we get married now she’s pregnant even though it’s socially unacceptable?
- In a dream we were told to flee to Egypt. Do we travel to Egypt or was it just a dream?
- We’ve had another dream. Do we go back to Israel? If we do, where do we settle?
This was difficult stuff – and they had no special training to enable them to do it.
It really hit me today as I was reading the Christmas story that Mary and Joseph were just average folk, just like you and me. Yet God used them for one of the most important jobs ever.
Could you imagine knowing that if you messed up and let something bad happen to your kid, the entire world would miss out on salvation?
If this kid drowns in the bath, the whole WORLD is in trouble.
And how do you raise someone to become the Messiah anyway?
Yet God had searched through the whole of Time to find the perfect couple and no matter how out of their depth they may have felt, He knew what he was doing.
As you think about Jesus’ birth today, think about his young, untrained, unprepared parents and remember that no matter how small and insignificant you feel, no matter how unprepared you think you are for what God is calling you to do, God doesn’t make mistakes. He calls the right people at the right time.
You are the perfect person to do what God has given you to do. You’re the right one. God searched and found Noah. God chose David to be king, God picked Mary and Joseph to raise his son and he picked you for the task he’s given you.
You are the right person for the job, trust him. All you need to do is obediently listen to Him and walk the path he puts you on. It’s as easy as that!
Question: Do you ever feel like you’re unprepared, unskilled and inadequate for the tasks that God is giving you?