Just Like Mary…

When it comes to Mary, people tend to go to one of two extremes. They either magnify her so much that Jesus takes second place (Luke 1:32) or they ignore her and fail to give her the esteem she deserves (Luke 1:48).

Mary’s humbled submission to the will of God always overwhelms me. “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).

In every spiritual transaction there are three forces at work. The Word of God ~ what God promised Mary; the Will of the person ~ Mary chose to follow God’s plan; and the Work of God ~ the Holy Spirit came upon Mary. I am not as trusting as Mary. But I desire to be more like her ~ believing in the promises of God; choosing His plan instead of my own; and allowing the Holy Spirit to work in and through me. How amazing that the same God who used Mary can use us too.

This year as I unearth new yet simple treasures from the Christmas story, there are six things I learn from Mary. They are:

  1. Serving God will not always be easy;
  2. Faithfulness and obedience will pay spiritual dividends;
  3. No matter who you are, God can use you;
  4. No matter what problems you face, God will be with you;
  5. The birth of Christ is for you but it isn’t about you; and
  6. “With God, all things are possible!”

Mary knew that her future, her body, and her reputation were not her own but her Master’s. Therefore, she was free to let go and let God do His miracle in her. I pray in this New Year that we all follow in obedience like Mary, offer our lives as we deny ourselves like Mary, and submit completely and radically to the will of God no matter the costjust like Mary


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Wonderful insight from Mary and Amen… I echo that prayer. May we trust more and grow closer to God… not for us but for His purposes. Love you!

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