Verse of the Day

"'I am the Lord's servant,' Mary answered, 'May it be to me as you have said.' Then the angel left her."

~Luke 1:38

Today's Devotional Thought

December 26, 2011 by Rachel Piferi


Mary Said Yes

One of my favorite books is Lysa TerKeurst's book What Happens When Women Say Yes to God. The theme of the book is how to become a woman who says yes to whatever God tells her to do. Through personal examples and study of Scripture, Lysa shows readers how radically blessed one's life can be when they are radically sold out to following God.

As I was thinking about the Christmas story this weekend, I spent a lot of time thinking about Mary. You see, I am very interested in how people handle the radical events that happen in their lives. And as I study the Christmas story, I have just been captivated by Mary's behaviors and responses throughout the birth of Jesus. And, I have asked myself, "What do you think you would have said to the angel if he just told you that you were going to be the mother of the Savior of the world?"

Today's verse is Mary's response to the angel when he appeared to her to tell her that she would be Jesus' mother. After she asked, "How is this possible since I am a virgin?" we see that the angel told her that the Holy Spirit would come upon her and she would conceive a son and he should be called Jesus.

And, instead of arguing with the angel or doubting the angel, Mary responds very simply and says I am the Lord's servant.

Oh how I love that statement.

How do we respond when the Lord comes to us and asks us to do something? Perhaps it is something we don't want to do. Perhaps it is something that we think we don't have the ability to do. Perhaps it is something that we think is impossible or perhaps unexplainable to those around us. Do we laugh at him or try to reason with him and eventually doubt him?

I have found that I can always justify to the Lord why I think I can't do something or why something may be impossible. We're pretty good at that as humans. But I believe that when we do that, God likely just shakes His head because He is disappointed that we don't get it yet.

You see, God may ask us to do something we don't want to do. He may ask us to do something we think we can't do. And, he may even ask us to do the impossible, just like Mary conceiving without being with a man. But when he does that, I believe he is really asking us to experience him fully. You see, as the angel said, all things are possible with God. And when God comes to us and asks us to do something that is slightly out of our reach, He is inviting us to experience him in a way that we simply cannot experience on our own. He is waiting for us to experience his strength and his power to do that which he asks. An invitation to experience the impossible is an invitation to experience the divine.

Don't say no to that.

When God presented his plan for Mary's life to her, she had the perfect response. She said "YES!" And when God asks you to do something for him that in the moment seems impossible and maybe doesn't make sense, just trust him and be obedient. And accept his invitation to experience him.

Memorize this verse today:

"'I am the Lord's servant,' Mary answered, 'May it be to me as you have said.' Then the angel left her."
~Luke 1:38

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