Of the thousands of Jewish men to choose from, God chose Joseph to be the “father” of the Messiah. Why? In Joseph, we find the ingredients of a godly man! There are things about Joseph that characterize the kind of person God uses.
Regardless of how trained and skilled we are; regardless of how knowledgeable and experienced we are and how hard we try, serving the Lord in our own strength is a recipe for a burned-out and barren tree. It’s only through Christ in us, working through us, that we can produce a crop pleasing to God.