Have you ever realized that life does not consult with you to see when you are free and what day or time works for you before things happen? Life just happens. What I find very fascinating though, is how the Creator of the universe took time to send an angel to speak to Mary. Mary didn’t just wake up pregnant. God sent the angel Gabriel, who by the way is a big deal in heaven as he is an arch angel #justsaying, to tell Mary the good news. Mary had a choice in the matter.
Luke 1:26-28 says, “In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favoured woman! The Lord is with you!”
Mary was obviously a little confused by all this. Angel Gabriel went on to explain the situation to Mary. How she was highly favoured and God had hand picked her to give birth to Jesus who will reign and whose Kingdom would never end. The angel explained the process to Mary, you can go read verses 29-37 when you have time. When Mary had heard everything and she had a clear picture of what was to happen this was her response in verse 38:
“Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her.”
Mary in effect said, “Where do I sign?” Lol. She said, “Yes” to God’s plan. How amazing is it that God was thoughtful enough to send an angel to Mary, not just any angel, Gabriel. Then He made sure Mary was given enough information to understand what was happening and waited for Mary’s response. The angel didn’t leave after telling Mary what was going to happen. He waited for Mary’s response and when she responded, he left.
God waited for Mary’s yes. Sometimes in our lives, greatness is waiting around the corner. We have the favour of God and we are the apple of His eye but when He gives us some information about the next step in our lives are we ready with our “Yes”? Or is the “angel” still hanging around filing his nails and whistling away whilst waiting for a response?
Mary trusted God enough to say “Yes”. She was committing her whole life to God’s plan, not just 9 months. In the Passion Translation it says, “Then Mary responded, saying, “Yes! I will be a mother for the Lord! As his servant, I accept whatever he has for me. May everything you have told me come to pass.” And the angel left her.”
There is something that people in Bible days seemed to understand more than we do sometimes and it is that we are here to serve God and not the other way around. We treat God like He is here to serve us but we are the ones who are to be serving Him. Serving His plan and purpose in the Earth. Partnering with God and with His plans for our generation. Mary’s response lets us know that she was prepared to serve God in any way possible.
Mary understood the assignment. Jesus most certainly understood the assignment. So, this Christmas, we need to take a moment and spend some time with God and ask Him if there are areas where instead of serving Him, we are waiting on Him to serve us. We need to ask God to help us see what serving Him is really about and what that looks like in our lives. We all have a God ordained purpose in the Earth. It is up to us to discover what that is. Sometimes, it starts with a simple yes.
Love and blessings