“This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.” Matthew 1:18-25
How do I know if I have a “Joseph heart”? Or maybe a better question is, how do I know when I don’t?
I am glad you asked!
Let me give you some markers you can look to for evidence.
First, Joseph was surrendered to God’s will.
Being surrendered to God’s will simply means you do what you know God wants you to do even when it is something you don’t understand or would rather not do. Joseph wanted to marry Mary, but not under these circumstances. But he did!
The other things he was asked to do where not things he found joy or pleasure in, but they were the clear will of God so he did them.
Are you surrendered to the will of God? Are you willing to do what ever He may ask you to do?
Second, Joseph sacrificed to do God’s will.
Obeying God will cost you something! Disobeying God will cost you more!
Joseph sacrificed his reputation in the community to marry a pregnant fiancée. When you are a small businessman in a small town your reputation is everything. Joseph but it up for risk to obey God!
What have you sacrificed for God lately? What are you willing to sacrifice? What are you unwilling to sacrifice?
Finally, Joseph served God, served Mary, and served God’s Son. In so doing, He served God.
People with a “Joseph Heart” are servants. Like Jesus’ earthly father, those in possession of a “Joseph heart” are willing to serve God by serving others. They are humble. They are helpful.
Are you are servant? Do you find joy in serving others? Or, would you rather be served?
There are at least three unmistakable signs of a “Joseph heart:
A willingness to surrender to God
A willingness to sacrifice for God!
A willingness to serve God!
Those are things that allowed Joseph to help change the world!
How is your heart?