Thursday, June 7, 2012

Willingly Obedient?

Joseph and Mary took their infant Baby and ran into exile to protect Him.

They became expatriates.

After the wise men were gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up! Flee to Egypt with the Child and his mother,” the angel said. “Stay there until I tell you to return, because Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” 
That night Joseph left for Egypt with the Child and Mary, his mother, and they stayed there until Herod’s death. This fulfilled what the LORD had spoken through the prophet: “I called my Son out of Egypt."         ~ Matt. 2:13-14 

Willingly obedient, they left home, family, friends, country, and moved to a foreign land.

What a price to pay for having birthed The Son of God.

But, they were willing.

Food for deep contemplation: What are you and I willing to do to protect The Lord Jesus Christ?

In that question, I mean, sometimes The Lord's reputation is on the line because of us - things we do or don't do, say or don't say. Others can look at our lives and say, "I want to be a Christian" or "I don't want anything to do with Christianity".

What are we willing to do to protect the reputation of The Lord Jesus Christ? Are we willingly obedient to The Word of God, as Joseph and Mary were?  

Just a little food for thought today.

Because of Him and Unto Him,


Betty said...

A little food you say...served by a willing hand...good post Diane.

We are on a member care trip in Arizona. Right now we are waiting to meet with our fourth couple.

Willing is the word that took each one we met with to a foreign country, willing to serve anywhere. One couple have some tough decisions to make that could mean a change of countries, another couple faces a different challenge. I am sure the one we are meeting with in a hour is facing yet a different one. But WILLING is how we are finding each one, even if it's uncomfortable, even if it dangerous, even if means ...what ever ones wants to put at the end. One one young wife kept using that word, willing, she said, He keeps asking my heart am I willing to make a change?

I am going to share your post with this young mother of five children all under nine. They are traveling today but were willing to work to meet with us...we all left encouraged.

Great thoughts my friend...our whole walk with Him is a willing walk. Blessings

Floyd said...

I haven't been the model of the one to protect the perfect name of Jesus Christ. It's a tall order, but it is our calling and is within His power in us.

This one made me squirm a bit...

Diane Ronzino said...

Oh, Betty, I know your willingness. I know the willingnes of all missionaries. I also know the price you pay and the families who let you go!

I applaud the missionaries all over the world and I say, Thank you! From the bottom of my heart, thank you!

Thank you for being examples of what it means to lay down your life, to die to self, to be obedient at all costs. Thank you for giving up your lives to spread The Good News of our Saviour! Thank you for the willingness to go...wherever He may lead...for being expatriates in scary places.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! And God speed to you all!

Diane Ronzino said...

Oh, Floyd...didn't mean to make you squirm...but, I sure do applaude your honesty. Thank you for your heart that you leave upon this blog! It is an example to us all!

Martha Herden said...

I always find it amazing to watch a person's face when words like "God, Lord, Christian" are spoken-there is a brief second of hesitation in them, perhaps wondering if they really Heard what you said, do you Mean what you are saying, and as you have asked that single question, Are you Willing to stand behind the Word you spoke?

Many people have crossed my way and I felt compelled to say "I will pray for you" and this is where that LOOK will appear! The blessing that follows is the look of true Relief, with the person letting me know how Thankful they are for my prayer.

This might not be along the lines of your post, but its my simple way of seeing me put my Faith to work-it does not mean I have to grasp the person's hands and grab them with me to Pray-but simply speaking the promise of my being willing to pray for them. I always ask them to please say just ONE simple prayer for me, doesn't need to be long, hard, complicated-just as easy as saying "God help this Woman
who just promised a prayer would be said for me!"

Yes-I am very willing to do that, and I do pray my faith shows in how I act, what I say-oops, well there I must pray the occasional slip of frustration-not be judged too harshly-as we are all so very human.

Jesus hung on a Cross for me-HE was Willing. What more could anyone ever ask for?

Love and blessings, Martha

Diane Ronzino said...

Amen, Martha! "Preach it, Sister!" LOL...

I loved the "oops". Amen to that as well.

Crown of Beauty said...

A willingness to obey, and to trust... that is the first step. Then after the willingness, it is easy to take the next step - to put the willingness into action.

Thank you for this post, Diane.


Caroline S said...

Wonderful food for thought.I am guilty of not doing very much to take action.I am working on the obeying and trust as "Crown of Beauty" stated.I liked those wds

I do share w/ my all I know at times , "I will pray for you" and speak of God /the Lord but I need to step into more courage to go further than that.

I have thought of missionary work before and think He is planting something for some day.Thanks for a new seed. With Love,Caroline

Diane Ronzino said...

You are so right, Lidia! Thank you for your Wisdom!

Diane Ronzino said...

So glad to have you share with us Caroline! Thank you! We can all be guilty of not taking action at one time or another in our walk with Jesus. No comdemnation, just encouragement: We are truly blessed when we obey even the smallest of things God puts on our heart.

Pam said...

So true... sometimes I find myself thinking, turn down the Christian radio or TV program if I have my windows open... thinking about neighbors etc. Why do I worry what others think so much? Then I have to remind myself, let Him shine. Thanks Diane for the reminder.

Diane Ronzino said...

We can be all alike in that area, Pam. Thanks for sharing!