Advent Day 17: Yes, Lord

Advent Day 17 Reading: Matthew 21:28-32

Jesus said, What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’ “’I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.”Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go. “Which of the two did what his father wanted?” “The first,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.

When I read today’s accounting it reminds me how thankful I am that Joseph, Jesus’ earthly father said Yes, Lord, after his heavenly angelic visitation in a dream instructing him to take Mary to be his wife. Can you imagine?  If there would ever be a time that doubt might enter a person’s thought process, I believe that this could certainly have been it! 

Interestingly, God made the choice to impart this vision to Joseph not only through an angel, but while he was actually asleep through a dream.  Possibly the Lord thought this would make it easier for Joseph to receive this sacrificial, unusual, and what the natural mind might think of as absurd requestfor while asleep we are in a more surrendered stance to receive the Spirit’s prompting.

As the story describing this prophetic event in Matthew goes on to say, the seed of Joseph’s Yes Lord, did come to fruition when he followed through by taking Mary for his wife (in the midst of what we know was probably tremendous persecution from onlookers who didn’t understand).

Although I am impressed with Joseph’s initial Yes, Lord, I am more impressed with his ability to actually follow through.  Now that in itself demonstrates a man who not only knows the witness of the Lord, but is also COMPLETELY sold out to obey it, whatever the personal cost might be. 

In Joseph’s case I think we would have all completely understood if he’d chosen to say, No. Obviously, even in the midst of any possible doubt, instead, He willingly said Yes, Lord, then followed through.  Today’s reading can encourage us to do the same; but as we all know, that is usually much easier said then done. 

Have you ever found yourself in a similar situation?   No, I don’t mean one exactly like Joseph’s, but something where Holy Spirit has given you a prompting, and although you might have initially responded with a resounding, Yes, Lord, as time passed (unlike Joseph), you didn’t follow-through?  Or maybe just the opposite was true; you answered with a resounding, No, Lord, only to find you changed your mind and surprisingly followed through? 

Because of Joseph’s obedience, the Gift of salvation was born and offered to us. We, like Joseph are the vessels God uses to perform His will on earth as it is in heaven, ministering His divine flow of blessings to one another. Won’t you choose with me today to say, Yes, Lord? 

Thank You Lord, I’m set apart,

Sanctified, blessed, consecrated;

To You alone, I give my life,

To You alone, I’m dedicated.

Thank you Lord, Your eyes on me,

Through thick and thin, when circumstances spin;

Come rain, come snow, on You I know,

I can rely, I can depend.

My heart’s so grateful, for Your touch,

Your love and care, means oh so much;

Your presence, contact, gentle ways,

Do bless, enrich, and grace my days.

So today I give, my life to you,

My hopes, my dreams, life ambitions, imaginings;

And promise to, delight to do,

Thy will for You, I truly do.

-Consecration

-The Quilted Poetess

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