“I am the Lord’s servant, Mary answered. May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.” Luke 1:38
An angel had just appeared to Mary. She was a single girl who was pledged to be married. The angel brings some interesting news. He states that she would have a child.
Mary had never been with a man, so this child would come by the power of God. It would be done by a miracle of God.
The amazing thing is how willingly she accepts this message.
Think about the implications of her having a child. She is a virgin and is pledged to get married to Joseph. If she becomes pregnant, in the eyes of the world, only one of two things must have happened: she was unfaithful to Joseph and slept around, or she and Joseph had slept together.
This type of situation would make her and Joseph look very bad. What kind of thoughts would be going through a church today if a single, young, virgin girl was suddenly pregnant in the church? The rumor mill would be running at full strength. Many would look down upon her and her parents.
Mary had to have known all of these things immediately upon hearing the angel’s message to her. Yet, she states that she is just a servant of God and may His word be fulfilled. She accepts the job of having God’s child outside of wedlock.
What can you get out of this? God will never ask you to have His child in the same way, but He may ask you to do something else that is just as crazy.
God may ask you to do something that on the outside looks bad or dangerous. It may be something that seems to put you and your family into great danger. The world, and even many in the church, will say don’t do it.
Are you a willing servant of God? Are you willing to do His desires? Are you trusting that His word be fulfilled in your life, no matter how crazy it is?
Trust God and serve Him. He is in control and knows what is best. Be like Mary in being His servant. Do not run or fear His desires.
I pray today that God will reveal His plans for you; that you will be led by His Holy Spirit; that you will not fear His plans; that you will be His servant; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.