Mary side of Christmas

One of my friends recently got engaged! What an exciting time for her and the one the Lord desires for her to live “happily ever after” with.  Planning a wedding and that time of engagement is so much fun!  What an exciting and joyful time.  Let’s pretend for a moment that we are engaged to be married, except let’s pretend that our name is Mary and we are betrothed to a fine young man named Joseph.  It is a great bible story and we can glean so much from it… but don’t take my word for it… let’s read the story in it’s entirety from God’s word.

Luke 1:26-38
In the sixth month, 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.” Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name 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 the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”
“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 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. 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. For nothing is impossible with God.”“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her.

Ok, since we are pretending to be Mary, I must confess that if an angel appeared before me from out of nowhere, that my reaction would be a little different from Mary’s.  We read that she was “greatly troubled.”  Greatly troubled… I guarantee you that I would have passed out on the floor right before good ol’ Gabriel’s eyes.  And then if the angel told me that I was to give birth to a child and his name was to be Jesus… how in the world would one not have a full blown panic attack right then and there with that news.  Mary was a virgin… how was she supposed to be with child and actually have everyone believe her?  We all know what the word virgin means (although it is very hard for many to live by that word… which is a different soap box for another day)… and more than likely, according to the custom during Mary’s time, she had not even kissed Joseph so how was she to be with child?

Gabriel reassured Mary by telling her not to be afraid. He was well prepared to give a perfect answer to her wondering mind because he was sent straight from God.  He told her “the Holy Spirit would come upon” her and that the “power of the Most High” would overshadow her.  He even went on to explain that her relative Elizabeth who was said to be barren would give birth to a child as well (John the Baptist)… and that is a complete miracle in itself.  Prior to making his exit, Gabriel left Mary with six life changing words, “for nothing is impossible with God.”

I know we just stepped into Mary’s world for a bit by pretending to be in her shoes… but I want to let you in on a big secret… you are not much different from Mary.  She was an ordinary woman,  doing life just like everyone else around her.  She was a lot like me… and a lot like you.   She loved the Lord and we know that because God’s word tells us that she had found favor with God.   Guess what?  You don’t have to pretend to be Mary to have the same favor.  You too have found favor with God!  Be encouraged!  Maybe you haven’t been called to bare the Son of God, but the Lord has called you to do great and mighty things for His kingdom and has a perfect plan for your life (Jeremiah 29:11).  He wants to do more in and through your life than you could even think of or imagine on your own  (Ephesians 3:20; 1 Corinthians 2:9; Isaiah 55:9).  The Father has so lavished His love upon you that nothing could stand in the way of all He wants to do in your life (1 John 3:1; Romans 8:38).  You, my friend, are HIGHLY FAVORED! You have found FAVOR with God! Luke 1 tells us that nothing is impossible with God, then nothing that you are setting out to conquer will be impossible if the Lords’ hand is upon it.

I just love how this scene between Mary and Gabriel comes to a close.  The last words that Mary says to Gabriel is that “she is the Lord’s servant” and “May it be to me as you have said.”  Mary knew who she was and where she stood with the Lord.  She was His servant and accepted the favor that He wanted to bestow upon her.  She also believed… “may it be to me as you have said.”

What are you believing God for?  What are you asking the Lord to do in your life but are hesitant to take action upon?  What is He calling you to?  Who does He want you to reach out to?  What are you afraid of?  Go. Move. Believe… Dare to dream your dreams.  Take that first step.  Step out in faith.  You have found favor with God… and with God, nothing is impossible. Nothing.

Oh Lord, May it be to me as you have said.

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