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Does God Work through Others?

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Does God Work through Others?

a Christmas note from Christian Business Roundtable & Christian Professionals Worldwide.


 “In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.” Luke 2:1

Caesar Augustus needed to satisfy his curiosity about how vast his empire spread, and wanted the ability to tax his subjects accordingly. So he issues his decree that all who lived in the empire should be counted. And we know from the Christmas story that the result of this decree was that Joseph and Mary had to leave Nazareth and travel 90 miles to Bethlehem – “And everyone went to his own town to register.” Luke 2:3.

Why is this in the Bible? Why is it notable that Caesar wanted to conduct a census? It seems like an odd side note until we read the prophecy, “But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village among all the people of Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel will come from you, one whose origins are from the distant past.” Micah 5:2 NLT.

There was no reason Joseph and Mary would willingly travel those 90 miles while she was pregnant. And those words spoken by the prophet Micah happened over 400 years earlier. Surely they wouldn’t have made that connection, could they? Either way they had no choice, they had to get going because of Caesar’s decree. And because of it our Savior would be born in Bethlehem fulfilling that prophecy, among many others.

Let’s recap. Caesar was not a man of God. The census had no religious purpose. The taxes levied were for the emperor and his kingdom. And Mary and Joseph had nothing to gain by making the journey. In fact, unless they were compelled they would have just stayed home.

So God used Caesar to accomplish His purpose.

And 2,000 years later, not much has changed. Our government compels us to participate in a census and we are all taxed in numerous ways. Our governments aren’t God-led, and those taxes aren’t used for His purposes. But that wasn’t the point in the Christmas story and it isn’t the point today. Just like He did long ago even today God uses people, even ungodly rulers, to accomplish His purposes. Just as Mary and Joseph were unaware of God’s purpose in causing them to travel to Bethlehem, we might also be clueless when events like these occur in our lives. Yet there He is, making Christmas stories happen in all His followers through people or events that appear to be hardship, but end up being prophecy fulfilled.

Lord, we are truly thankful for being the God that makes all things work together for those who love you, who are called for your purpose. And just like Mary and Joseph in the Christmas story, let us see the glory of the new born King and the comfort of knowing You hold us in Your hands.

Merry Christmas

~aric

Point to ponder:
When has God used a non-Christian, a business struggle, or some other hardship to bring about His will in your life?

Will you honestly pray for God to use your obedience to pay taxes and obey regulations, so His plans can be accomplished like they were 2000 years ago?

Christian Business Roundtable© 2009, 2016

 

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Just wanted to say Thank you Aric, and Merry Christmas to you, your family, and to the rest of our group, Merry Christmas.

Grover

God Lesson Aric.  It makes you think how God works in your life and through others, both in our personal lives and in our businesses

God in using me and others around me. This Christmas God used me in a small way to bring Christmas through Feeding America (feeding hungry chikdren), wrapping presents at the mall for Bayside, and telling the Christmas story to dozens of young children. We are used in so many ways that impact lives for His Kingdom.

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