Read: Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 2:1-7
Ever see the movie Yes Man with Jim Carrey? It was a great comedy about a guy who felt stuck in his life, avoided people at all cost, and ran from every opportunity he was given. But then, something happened, and he could only say the word “yes” to everything. He started living for the first time. He was experiencing life as it was meant to be experienced.
The idea for that movie is similar to a facet of the incredible story of Joseph and Mary. Once Joseph found out his fiancé was pregnant, and it was not his child, he had to make a choice. Should he divorce Mary quietly or trust God and marry her? He had the option to say no. Probably most people would have said no. But Joseph chose to trust what the angel told him, despite not having a clear picture of what was ahead in his life with Mary. He said yes to God.
What if we took that same step of obedience and started saying yes to what God is asking us to do? It might sound too simple, but perhaps we just over-complicate obedience. We know the feeling of God calling us to something, the pull of the Holy Spirit, the gentle nudge of Jesus; but we go years down the road and ask all the questions that we aren’t meant to have answers to in the first place. We decide that what God is asking is impossible, so we say no. But Joseph’s story shows us that we have another choice. We can say yes and simply trust that God knows what is ahead and that we aren’t supposed to be capable, we’re just supposed to trust that he is.
God used Joseph’s yes to bring Jesus to earth and offer his amazing grace and friendship to the whole world. Something powerful happens when we stop saying no and start saying yes to things that really matter.
What is God asking you to say yes to right now? Why is it risky to say yes?
How would your life be different if you did trust God and said yes?