Today’s Reading | Luke 3
Cost of Obedience
In today’s reading, we find one of those phrases that can be overlooked, causing us to miss some very important insights – Insight into the day to day lives of the characters of Scripture. Look in verse 23 and see if you can find it. This verse confirms that the local people thought Jesus’ father was Joseph. They knew that Mary had gotten pregnant before she had actually married Joseph. Jesus had been born, and they believed Joseph was the father. Not only did that make Mary look bad, but it also damaged Joseph’s reputation. Can you imagine how Joseph felt knowing people believed something about him which was not true? Imagine the kinds of things people said about Joseph to Jesus as He was growing up. We know that Mary and Joseph were examples of great faith. They were people who were willing to follow Christ and to do what was right, even if it meant being ridiculed and insulted. Could you demonstrate such faith in discouraging circumstances? Would you obey if it cost you the same price it cost Mary and Joseph? How can you become someone who is so committed to Christ that what others think does not affect your obedience?
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?