Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Trust & Obey: Mary's Story



Do you ever wait to know the outcome before agreeing to something?  

When God asks you to do something do you obey? Or, do you wait to see just how painful, exciting or beneficial the outcome will be? 

When Mary was told that she was pregnant with God’s son she replied: “I am the Lord’s servant, may it be to me as you have said” (Luke 1:38). 

Just like that she obeyed God. She did not doubt, refuse, or think she might have gone crazy. Being a virgin and being pregnant was impossible by the world’s standards, yet she based her life on God’s standards. All that mattered to Mary was that God was asking her to do something. 

When Mary heard the great news that she would be giving birth to God’s son she exclaimed “From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me-holy is his name” (Luke 1:48-49). 

Not only was Mary obeying God and accepting something that seemed impossible, she also exclaimed that she was blessed! She recognized that God was giving her a gift, she accepted it, and praised God for it. It did not matter what the outcome would be. It was a blessing because it was from God.

How would our lives be different if we obeyed God in a timely fashion? What would it take for you to obey God without delay or doubt? For me, it comes down to trust. If I really and truly trust God, then I won’t wait to see what the outcome will be. 

Father God, thank you for sending your son Jesus to be born Holy and then take on the sin of the world. You give us hope and life; therefore, we owe you our life. We give ourselves to you and promise to obey you, love you and trust you. Amen.

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