A lovely picture
Matthew 1: 24 "When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife."
This Sunday, Bill introduced us to CCLB's new vision statement. We are "a radically welcoming community on a journey towards Jesus, joining with him in the renewal of all things." Matthew 1 is indicative of this sort of community in the way that Mary and Joseph join the Lord in the renewal of all things. Mary, a pregnant, unwed teenager, is welcomed by her fiancee Joseph (not the father of her child) at the behest of God. And together they journey very literally with Jesus (Mary's future child) toward the renewal of all things.
They couldn't possibly have known what that renewal would look like or what their lives would bring them. But this start of their lives together is a lovely picture of what Jesus calls us to, and what City Church is seeking in our life together.
As we move forward during Advent, we'll consider what the practical day to day of this looks like, but for this morning, will you consider what this might look like in your own life (and not just on Sundays)?