Last week I preached on the lives of Joseph and Mary. At our Christmas Candlelight program on December 23 I am speaking more specifically on Mary. As a result of this teaching I have been reading the Biblical story over and over. Without a doubt my favorite line in the Christmas story comes from the lips of Mary.
An angel appears to Mary and tells her she is going to have a baby. When the angel appears she is troubled at his words. She is then told that this boy will be named Jesus and he will be called the Son of God.
She inquires further about how this can happen since she is a virgin. The angel tells her of the power of God on her and also on her elderly relative Elizabeth to give them both children. Then the angel delivers this closing line. “For nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:37)
With these words still hanging in the air Mary says this one powerful line.
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her. Luke 1:38 (NIV)
Mary shows us in one line what it means to be a follower of God. She displays a total surrender to God’s will.
What if, as you went into the New Year, God placed a burden on your heart to start a new ministry? What if you felt compelled to get more involved in the Church? What if God called you toward Bible College or full time ministry? What if you envisioned the mission field in your future? What if?
What would you do? What would I do?
One requirement to following God is a willingness to allow him to lead us. Mary’s future was unknown because she was busy keeping her eyes focused on following God. Then when he asked something of her, she was ready.
Will we be ready?