Stepfatherhood

Matthew 1:18-21 NLT 
This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. 19 Joseph, her fiancé, was a good man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly. 20 As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

One of the greatest honors that God ever gave to any man in history was the fact that He considered Joseph such a good man that he was entrusted to be the stepfather of the Messiah. Could you imagine the awesome responsibility to be stepfather to the Son of God? Yet, part of the miracle of God coming in the flesh was the fact that Mary was not to function as a single mother but that a godly man would play a vital role as stepfather in this divine story!

Do you believe that since Christ Himself was not raised by a single mother indicates how vital the male fatherly role really is?

How might the integrity and humility of Joseph inform our view of the ideal character of a stepfather?

How might the absence of jealousy have played a role in Joseph being called to be Christ’s stepfather? (For instance, what man’s ego could so easily handle being stepfather to a perfect, sinless stepson who was born literally to save the world?)

How might Joseph’s willingness to protect and provide for Mary (and the Baby that was not his ) inform our view of the stepfather role?

How should we honor godly step-parents?