All of us remember those inspirational talks that inspired us to strive for the next level, to reach the next goal and to achieve the impossible! Maybe you were inspired by a movie that touched your heart, maybe you remember sitting in a locker room as a teenager or maybe just maybe you've been inspired to greatness not by the words of men, but by the Word of God. Every time I read Luke 1 and approach verse 37, I get all giddy inside…and as my eyes scroll over those last few words, my shoulders roll back and my chin is raised, my demeanor changes and I feel as though I can conquer the world! Join me in the excitement as we read this epic passage together.26 In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” 29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. 31 You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.” 34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. 37 For nothing is impossible with God.” 38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her. The Holy Bible : New International Version. electronic ed. Grand Rapids : Zondervan, 1996, c1984, S. Lk 1:26-38
If this passage is new to you, welcome to the amazing Word of God! If this is a familiar passage to you, I pray that like me you will see afresh the greatness of this God we serve. This passage introduces us to the teenage girl who will, AS A VIRGIN, be the mother the Savior of the world! Can you imagine hearing these powerful words spoken to you by an angel? Can you imagine how overwhelmed Mary must have been? Yet will all the majesty presented in this passage about the Messiah who will be her SON, Mary's response is not one of grandeur, but rather one of humility. You almost miss it because it is overshadowed by the awesomeness of the passage just spoken. Yet as I look closer at this passage, I pray that my heart will be as humble as this wise teenage girl. I pray that as God continues to reveal His plan for my life, that my response will be as steady and as faithful as hers. This precious teenage girl has just been visited by an angel and had her world turned upside down. She has gone from an engaged Jewish girl, to a pregnant engaged Jewish girl. She will now be the talk of the town, misunderstood, condemned and shamed by those who do not believe her outrageous story. She will also be the mother of Christ, the Savior of the World! But in this overwhelming moment as the angel reveals God's plan for Mary's life, rather than think of all the consequences, she focuses on her responsibility. Mary's humble response blows me out of the water. We have this epic passage that climaxes at the final statement, “For nothing is impossible with God.” And what follows is a quiet, sincere & humble response, “I am the Lord's servant. May it be to me as you have said.”
Her faith is amazing. Mary's response challenges me to take God at His word and to live in obedience everyday as His servant. I am reminded once again of the roles God has set in place. My role is to live in obedience to Him every single day, and His role is to carry out the plan that He has for my life. My role is not to worry about the “what ifs” or what will people think or how He will make it happen. My job is to live in humble obedience with the faith that “Nothing is impossible with God!” His job is to prove that to be true! He may not accomplish His plan in the way or the time that I best see fit. But with His infinite wisdom and insight, He will accomplish His plan for my life and yours in a way and a time that brings glory and honor to Himself. And that is the kind of epic story I want to be a part of!
Lord, today I submit my dreams, goals, passions and abilities to you. I trust that the plan you have revealed for my life will come to fruition in your perfect time and in your perfect way. I am your servant, and I want to live for you alone. You are the creator of my soul, so I offer all I am to you. I pray that as I submit to You, You will live out Your Word thru me proving that nothing is impossible for You. And Lord, I pray that as You live the truth of this statement out in my life all the glory and the honor will be directed fully to You.
Humbly I pray! Amen.