Sunday Morning Podcast Dec 16, 2018. Bro. Dave Goble.
1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
Everyone had to travel to the city of their lineage, to pay their taxes. All needed to be counted. It was a journey of necessity, just as life for each of us is. Joseph’s destination was Bethlehem since he descended from the house of David. In life we all have a destination. 1) Do you know where you’re going? 2) Do you know why? 3) Are you willing to be counted? Joseph and Mary’s journey is a metaphor for where we are. They had a definite destination. But the way a person often lives today, with an uncertain destination, is scary. Living without a secure direction. Living without a real purpose, will bring one to a place of being overwhelmed in the midst of the crowds that would propel us in their chosen direction. Zacchaeus who was very short in stature (in Luke 19) had a purpose! To see Jesus. So he climbed a tree, removing himself from the crowd, to see Him, since he couldn’t while in the crowd’s midst. Jesus saw him, and recognized Zacchaeus’s desire to see Him. 1) where was he going/purpose? To follow his desire to see Jesus, (the why). So he climbed a tree (to be counted as a seeker to follow Jesus).
Do you know where you’re going? Do you know why? Are you willing (or making it important) to make it count, by removing yourself from the crowds, that would hinder you from your destination? Hopefully your destination is heaven. You need to locate where you are. You then need to be aware of the crowd surrounding you, and not let it propel you away from your plan of a heavenly destination. A plan that is more than a daily existence of your own fleshly will. For there is no hope based in your own will. And in this life, I most need hope. Hope is only found in Jesus! Do you have a plan? Some live in a haphazard manner, with an uncertain route. Do you know where you’re headed? There are landmarks in God’s Word that will help direct you. God wants us to make our calling and election sure (2 Peter 1:10). The landmarks are sin free and holy (1 Peter 1:15,16). The strait and narrow way, is one that is free from sin (Matthew 7:14). On the other hand, wide is the gate that leads to destruction, (Matthew 7:13). Have you lost your vision of direction?
Do You Know Where You’re Going?