Daily Devotional – Wednesday, January 12, 2022
“She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.” (Luke 2:7, NLT)
Can you imagine being given the task of parenting the Son of God? On one hand, this would have been a unique privilege. But, too, what an incredibly fearful prospect! We often focus on Mary’s assent to giving birth to Jesus, and Joseph’s obedience in marrying the already pregnant Mary; but little if any thought is given to the years between Jesus’ birth and when he began his ministry at the age of 30. What must it have been like to raise God’s one and only Son?
Mary and Joseph must have at times felt so inadequate to the task. After all they were regular people like you and I. They had a large family consisting of Jesus, plus four brothers and at least two sisters. They naturally would have made mistakes being imperfect humans, all under the watchful eye of their perfect Son. Talk about pressure!
It would have been one thing to parent Jesus if he didn’t actually know the origins of his birth and had come to that understanding only as an adult. But the Bible is clear, that already at the young age of twelve Jesus knew exactly who he was. When he got separated from his parents while visiting Jerusalem, he went to the Temple. When Mary and Joseph found him…after a frantic search…he asked them why they had to search at all. Didn’t they know he would be in his Father’s house (Luke 2:49)?
It would have been such a unique experience, raising Jesus, to find oneself having to deal with your own insecurities rather than those of your child. And then, to have ‘normal’ children to raise after having a child so perfect…quite literally. With Jesus they would have had to use all the required parenting skills as he learned to walk, eat and during potty training; they would have tended to his cuts, bruises and tears when he got his first teeth; but they never had to deal with tantrums or willful disobedience…at least not until their other children arrived.
How did God prepare them for this most special task? Joseph and Mary received training on the job. Jesus wasn’t born to parents who had it all together and would never make mistakes. But God had chosen two people who He knew would unhesitatingly follow His directions and obey Him—valuable examples for His Son.
Has God called you to do a job? Have you hesitated because you don’t feel up to the task? What if you make mistakes? Then you might want to take a page from the life of Mary and Joseph. Obey…follow…and do your best with the help of God who has called you for this moment!
First licensed for pastoral ministry in 1994, Pastor Jane Peck has served in camp and church ministries in three denominations, five provinces and in a variety of roles. Her most recent position is that of Pastor at Hope Chapel which she began in 2020. She is excited to see what God can and will do in the days to come!