Following Orders

When Joseph got up from sleeping, he did as the Lord’s angel had commanded him. He married her but did not know her intimately until she gave birth to a son. And he named Him Jesus. Matthew 1:24-25 HCSB

I never served in the military, but it is my understanding that when an officer or high ranking official gives a command or order it is not questioned but immediately obeyed. The same is true in a company when the CEO or President makes a decision; others carry out the mandate to do what has been decided. In a local church, the pastor is the ultimate authority and sometimes has to make a final decision on what is going to be done concerning an activity or procedure.

Joseph did not question the angel or what he was commanded to do. The Scripture says that Joseph immediately followed through with doing what he needed to do, even though it may have brought ridicule or questions from friends and family. Joseph was not concerned with with what others thought as much as he was concerned with following God’s plan and direction for his life.

Challenge: Sometimes we make decisions based on what others will think rather than on what is right. We must follow Joseph’s example and obey God and do what is right, regardless if others disapprove of what we are doing.

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