29th December 2016


“By grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.”
Ephesians 2:8 (NKJV)

If you are employed, how did you get your job? Most people see an advertisement and send in an application. If they are lucky, they are invited to an interview, and if they are really fortunate they get the job. But not everyone has to go through this procedure. For example, Mark Carney didn’t. The authorities decided that he would be the man for the job so they approached him and offered it to him. He accepted their invitation and now he is the Governor of the Bank of England. That is what you would call being ‘head-hunted’.

Most of the people in the Bible were head-hunted. As it’s the Christmas season, let’s turn our attention to one key individual who was appointed in that way—Joseph. God required someone who would be competent to serve in what is arguably one of the most important jobs in the whole history of mankind: foster father of His Son. Joseph did not apply for this job. God saw in Joseph exactly the man He needed.

Let’s see what qualities Joseph possessed. Joseph was a righteous man. He was faithful in keeping to the law. But he was also a very compassionate man. The woman to whom he was betrothed appeared to have behaved in an immoral way and the penalty was death by stoning. But Joseph would not do that. He determined instead to remove her from her community quietly. However, Joseph was open to the leading of the Lord. He accepted what God said in a dream that Mary’s pregnancy was indeed the work of the Holy Spirit and he acted accordingly. These are all qualities that we see in Jesus. Joseph and Mary were faithful in bringing Jesus up to love and serve the Father even before He became fully aware of His true identity and mission.

Joseph was not the only person whom God head-hunted to do His work. When Jesus came to Peter, the fisherman fell down at His knees saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man” (Luke 5:8-10). He certainly didn’t ask to be a disciple. But in spite of his sinfulness, Jesus appointed him to be the chief disciple. And Paul was another. He was actively persecuting the church when Jesus called him.

Jesus doesn’t confine His head-hunting to Biblical days. He continues to do so today. He selected each of us for reasons which only He knows. It’s a tremendous blessing. We are “saved through faith and that not of [ourselves]; it is the gift of God.” Thank God that we don’t have to earn our salvation!

Praise You, God, for calling me into Your service. Now I am Yours, transform me by the working of Your Spirit. In Jesus’ name.

Study by Christopher Reeve


About the Author: Chris Reeve
Chris Reeve is assistant pastor of the Invicta (Blean) Congregation, which is part of Grace Communion International/Worldwide Church of God UK, where his wife, Hilary accompanies him.

Local Congregation:
Invicta Fellowship
Blean Village Hall
School Lane

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11.30 a.m.

Local Congregational Contact:
Mrs Annette Woods
Phone: 07473 188326
Email: annettewoods2@nhs.net

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