DEVOTION:WHAT WOULD BE YOUR RESPONSE?
The announcement of the Birth of Our Lord Jesus to Mary sent her into an expected journey. Everything that the Angel told her was puzzling and exciting at the same time.
In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”Luke 1:26-28
Imagine this kind of greeting from an angel! What did Mary think about it?
Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. Luke 1:29
But the Angel calmed her fears with this surprising message:
But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 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, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” Luke 1:30-33
Because Mary was a Virgin, she posed this question to the angel:
“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” Luke 1:34
To this, the angel responded:
The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on 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. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.” Luke 1:35-37
And Mary simply responded:
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her. Luke 1:38
These were not easy declarations to comprehend, yet Mary neither questioned how this would take place nor refused to be the Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Her response demonstrated faith and a total surrender to God.
- God is continually doing something here and there throughout the world. We do not see Him physically present because He works through men and women who, like Mary, surrender their lives to servant hood. Like Mary they say, “I am the Lord’s servant.”
- If you are a believer, you are not only a child of God; you are also a servant of God. And He has a purpose for you here on earth. Or to state it differently, God has a mission for you here on earth. Your life must be aligned with and driven by this purpose. The question is this: Have you discovered this purpose for your life?
- Is it possible during this Christmas season that the Lord is asking you to be a blessing to someone who desperately needs to see the Love of Jesus in action? Has the Lord spoken to you already about this? Or do you have someone in mind and you have been wondering what you can do for him or her. Whatever it is that the Lord is laying in your heart to do for this particular person, no matter how difficult this might be, like Mary, answer the call and say, “I am the Lord’s servant.” I will go where you send me and will do what you ask of me.
- What else can you learn from Mary’s response?
If the Lord were to come to you today
And say, I want to use you to be a
Blessing to many in the world
But you must leave what
You are doing and go
To where I will
WHAT WOULD BE YOUR RESPONSE?
By Pastor Shadrack Ruto