Take a moment to read Matthew 1:16-25.
(v. 16) Did you know this is the only entry in the entire genealogy where the word begot is not used, including those where whole generations were skipped.
(v. 18) Mary becomes pregnant by the Holy Spirit.
Can you imagine how Joseph must have felt? Broken with a side of broken is how he felt.
Being broken often allows us to see beauty.
Joseph is left with 3 choices:
1. Stone her (but he was “a just man” which means he was a true believer in God)
When looking for a mentor, use this as criteria. Pray that God would lead you to “just men, men who are true believers.
2. Divorce her (even though they were engaged it was Jewish custom to dissolve the engagement)
When looking for a mentor, use this as criteria. Pray that God would lead you to someone who is not concerned with tradition but rather with truth.
3. Stay married (this would cause people to assume that they had sex prior to marriage)
When looking for a mentor, use this as criteria. Pray that God would lead you to people who are more concerned with obedience then appearance.
Joseph has no lines in this story. He simply listens and obeys. I long to live like Joseph, the silent stepdad who was completely focused on Jesus. I long for more mentors in my life who can remind me of the goodness of obedience. I long to be a reminder to someone else that they don't have to have all the right things to say.
The marks of a great mentor:
Joseph is compassionate (v. 19)
Joseph is patient (v. 20)
Joseph is obedient (v. 24)
Joseph is unashamed (v. 24)
In Joseph’s interaction with Jesus, he obtained the necessary tools that he needed to reach people with the gospel. It is no different for us today. As we seek to live in line with the gospel, we obtain compassion, patience, obedience and we become free to live unashamed.
Pray that silent stepdads would enter your life. For men and women who can challenge you in the gospel of obedience. People who long to see you surrender!