The obedience in the Christmas story amazes me. I am in awe of Mary and Joseph's obedience. When Mary was chosen to do a very difficult thing - bear a child as an unwed mother - she said, "I am the Lord's servant, may it be to me as you have said." (Luke 1:38)
When Joseph was told not to be afraid to take Mary home to be his wife (a woman who was pregnant and not by him!), he did exactly that. Matthew 1:24 " . . . .he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife."
The shepherds' obedience is also amazing. When they were told of Jesus' birth and where they could find the Christ-child, they left their charges (sheep), their life's work for a time, to go see this One who was to be the Savior of the world. They didn't make excuses or tell the angel how busy they were, they simply hurried off to find this One. After seeing Him, they spread the word concerning what they had been told about this child.
God honored Mary, Joseph and the shepherds' obedience and He still desires and honors obedience today. Oh, to have the trust, belief and obedience of Mary and Joseph. Oh, to be willing to leave what I am doing (my busyness) so I can truly see Christ as the shepherds did.
As we are at the beginning of a new year, may we strive to have the servant heart of Mary and the obedience we see in Mary, Joseph and the shepherds.