“This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about…”
The moment we involve an inexperienced person in any project we’re working on, the project becomes prolonged, subject to error and possibly failure. But that was the risk God took in His project to save humanity. He involved inexperienced Mary and Joseph to birth and raise the savior of the world.
Matthew begins the story with the words, “This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about…” And he proceeded to tell us a story not about what God did, but about the people He used.
The story has not changed much since. Today God uses inexperienced you and me to propagate His word. He can pull it off perfectly Himself, but out of His love for us, He gives us a role to play.
Like a parent allows a child to help with gardening, cooking, or washing their car, God helps us to grow by using our clumsy hands and fickle hearts to execute His most critical projects.
Whatever projects we are helping God with now, let us do them with the eagerness and obedience of a young child who has been given the opportunity to work with their parent.
Dear God, as you allow us to work with You on kingdom projects, make us eager and obedient. Use us in Your work for Your glory. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.