What would you say if God suddenly changed the course of your life?
Imagine you are busy preparing for a major life event and dreaming of all that the future may hold. Then God sends word that he’s chosen you for a special role, different than the one you had planned. One that brings some joy, but also requires responsibility and sacrifice. How would you respond?
I hope that I would respond like Mary.
In the book of Luke, we see an angel come to her to deliver earth-shaking news: She will birth the savior of the world. The angel calls her highly favored and the Bible says she was greatly troubled at these words.
She asks a question, “How will this be?” and the angel’s reply defies human understanding. There was no reasonable explanation for what she heard. No way to make sense of it with her human understanding. She could only move forward in faith and surrender.We can only truly move forward in faith and surrender. Click To Tweet
She approaches the news with total submission, “I am your servant. Let it be to me according to your word.”
Whatever plans she had for herself, gone. Whatever identity she was claiming, rewritten. She was going to miraculously birth the savior of the world. Her future, her upcoming marriage, her family, her everything was going to be different from anything she had planned.
What would I have said?
Maybe insecurity would have spoken for me:
I think you’ve got the wrong, girl. I don’t have anything to offer you.
I’m not fit for this task.
I can’t possibly raise the son of God.
I’ll surely mess this up. You really should pick someone else.
Maybe anxiety would have spoken instead:
May I have a few days to think this over?
What all is involved with this assignment?
I think I need to prepare for a few years then I’ll be ready.
Can you give me a guarantee that this is going to turn out well?
Maybe pride would have crept in:
I must be doing pretty well for an angel to come visit me.
I’m so happy God has noticed all the work I’ve been doing for Him.
I’m really gonna rock this.
Not Mary She didn’t say any of those things that I may have said. She didn’t let insecurity, anxiety, or pride get in the way of total surrender. Instead, she said “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.”Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word. Luke 1:38 Click To Tweet
In this season of joy and hope, let’s respond like Mary. When God prompts us, let’s say “let it be so, Lord” and step into the task he’s given us as servants. If He asks us to do it, He’ll surely help us complete it!
Originally published December 5, 2016
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