Christmas Season- Reflecting on Mary’s Response of Faith

38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

Five simple yet profound words from a young woman in response to the Angel Gabriel’s message to Mary that she would give birth to Jesus the Savior of the world. She first acknowledged who she is- the Lord’s servant. She understood her life was for God and not for herself. Her desire was to please God even in a way that would make life difficult for her. She then accepts her call to be the mother of Jesus by saying “May your word be fulfilled”.

Think about what that meant to Mary in her life. In that culture at that time for a woman to be caught having sex outside of marriage meant being stoned to death. Mary accepted God’s call knowing the possible risk she was taking. It also meant facing possible ridicule by her neighbors gossiping about her. She was engaged to Joseph and was a virgin. She had never had sex. She would have a miracle baby. She would be in a vulnerable position yet she trusted God to protect her and take care of her. She accepted the call of God which meant God would have to take care of her as she lived out what He asked her to do. She took the step of faith relying on God.

Mary is an example for us of what it means to follow God. We can at times be at risk for living as God wants us to live. We could risk being ridiculed, misunderstood, made fun of, and gossiped about. In some countries following Jesus means risking death or imprisonment. Accepting God’s call on our lives does not mean everything will be smooth sailing for us in this life. It does mean we trust God to take care of us no matter what the outcome is for us. We move forward relying on God. We take that step of faith and leave the results up to God knowing that in the final outcome He will bless us whether it is here in this life or in heaven. We remember that this life is only a vapor. This life is so short. Heaven is eternal. It lasts forever. I like this quote- He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to receive what he cannot lose. That was Mary’s attitude when she accepted God’s call. She gave up what her life was before that moment to do what God asked her to do while trusting that God would bless her in His timing.

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