Summary: When the Child of Bethlehem is born in us, the Spirit of Obedience takes up residence in our hearts. The greatest way for us to proclaim the Truth of that child is to live a life of abject obedience to God.
One Christmas Eve, A father made all his 5 children sit in a circle and placed a toy in the middle. He told them that the most obedient kid will get this toy as an EXTRA Christmas gift this year. The youngest child asked, “what is obedience?”, the father replied the one who listens to mom and helps her. The father then asked “now tell me who is the most obedient?”, the younger one instantly took the toy and gave to his father and said with a wry smile " IT'S YOU DAD ".
A Stingy husband gave the Obedient wife instruction: "When I die, pack all my money in this box and put it in my Casket, I need it in heaven" "Sure." she assured. After his death, she put the box in the Casket and the Undertakers took it away. Her friend aghast, asked "I can’t believe you did that" "Why?” said the wife. "I put the cash in my account and issued him a Cheque. He can cash it in Heaven."
The greatest miracle in the Bible is when Joshua told his son to stand still and he obeyed him.
Lesson for 2013-Complete Obedience
The Magi from the East obeyed all the new-a sign in the sky . . . they found Jesus and gave Him the gifts they had brought . . . 212 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
Obedience alone gives the right to command. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Matthew 1:18 This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” . . . 24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.
2:13 When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”
14 So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, 15
where he stayed until the death of Herod. . . . 19 After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt 20 and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child’s life are dead.” 21 So he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel.
Obedience without faith is possible, but not faith without obedience. Anon
26 In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. 31 You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”
34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. 37 For nothing is impossible with God.”