through His Word
by Katy Kauffman
I used to think being like Mary, the mother of Jesus, was unattainable. After all, God picked her to be the mother of the Messiah. What kind of godliness would it take to be qualified for such a role? I didn’t think I would ever attain that level of goodness.
But “perfect” isn’t what God was looking for. In Mary, He found willingness. She said yes to God and His plan.
Yes to being so young and becoming a parent to the Son of God in human form.
Yes to risking Joseph’s reaction to the news.
Yes to being ridiculed by the people of her town.
Yes to the uncertainty of exactly how all of this would work out.
Yes to her life being forever different.
Once the angel told Mary how she would become pregnant—by the Holy Spirit’s power—Mary’s response is the reply that God is looking for in each of His children.
Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord!
Let it be to me according to your word.”
Luke 1:38 NKJV
Let it be to me according to your word. May that be our reaction this Christmas and always to what God wants to do in us and through us.
Whatever You want, God. In my words and my actions. In how I spend my time. In my aspirations and dreams and goals. In how well I love You and how I love others. In how I restrain myself not to harm others and how I exert myself to do them good. Yes in every aspect of life. To You. One day at a time. One moment at a time.
Yes to God in this moment.
It was a glorious moment when Mary realized that God’s power would back up His plan and He had chosen her to be a part of it. It was glorious when she said yes. It’s also glorious when we respond to God’s will with a heartfelt yes, no matter the consequences and no matter how His plan will unfold, because we trust Him. We believe that His goodness will comprise every movement He makes, and that His power and love will see us through every part of the journey.
Yes, God. I’m willing. You’re trustworthy. I have seen You at work. I hold on to the promises of Scripture. Here I am. Let it be to me according to Your word.
What do you love about Mary’s part of the Christmas story? Is God nudging you to trust Him and to say yes to Him today? May we take heart from Mary’s example, and say yes to God. Every single time.
“For with God nothing will be impossible.”
Luke 1:37 NKJV
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