The Christmas season is here and amid the hustle and bustle of preparations and celebrations, my hope is that you take time to think about the reason for the season. It is a celebration of the birth of Jesus, the Messiah – savior of the world. Mary, the mother of Jesus is obviously an important part of the Christmas story. Without her, there would not have been a Christmas story. God chose Mary to bring His son into the world. His only son. His son that would fulfill the plan of salvation for the human race. Kind of a big deal. The biggest big deal.
In Luke chapter 1 the angel Gabriel visited Mary to tell her that she was going to have a son. He greeted with “you who are highly favored by God.” The dictionary defines favored as 1) regarded or treated with preference or partiality. 2) enjoying special advantages. privileged. Who doesn’t want that? It sounds great. But often, favor requires sacrifice.
What would it mean for Mary to accept God’s plan for her life? From what we know, her life seemed to be all set. She was engaged to be married. She was going to marry Joseph and raise a family. And then an angel showed up and told her she was going to have a son…not just a son, God’s son. Her mind must have raced with what this meant. Joseph would probably leave her. Her family may disown her. People would talk about her and maybe even try to kill her – (remember the woman caught in adultery? The religious leaders were going to stone her until Jesus stepped in.)
Mary trusted God to see her thru. She was willing to let go of the life she had planned to do what God was asking her to do. She was willing to do what God asked of her even if it meant she would suffer disgrace and shame or even physical harm. Her reply to Gabriel was “let it be to me according to your word.” I love that!
On the surface, we say of course we say we want God’s plan for our life, we want His favor. But are we willing to give up our plans and risk ridicule to have it? Can you say to Him, Let it be to me according to your word?
Merry Christmas to you and yours. May God bless you abundantly in the coming year.