But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever; His kingdom will never end.”.
Has God ever asked you to do something that in your simple, finite mind, seemed beyond your limitations? Have you felt the fear of insecurity in the face of God’s expectations? I certainly have. Many times, rather than carry out the plan, I’d rather not. Sometimes it seems easier to stay in my comfort zone and not rock the boat too much. Have you been there? Imagine Mary, when the angel appeared with such mind blowing news of God’s plan for her life? She was to carry the King of all the earth, the Redeemer of her people, The Redeemer of the world, The Prince of Peace, The Savior of mankind and the mediator between God and man, She was to deliver the One that would deliver her from her sin! Wow! that would be quite a concept for a young mom to grasp. Especially, an unmarried mom who would face many obstacles because of it. Her reputation was on the line, yet God called her to it and He was faithful to call her through it unscathed! Before this could happen, she had to trust and move forward in obedience into God’s calling! Remember If God calls you to it, He will call you through it. There may be a few storms along the way, a few trials, and a few hardships, but our simple, trust and obedience to God’s call, will get us through victoriously to the other side! A perfect, sinless, Christ came as a babe, and grew deep within Mary’s womb until the time came for Him to come out and be delivered into the world. As believers, who know Christ, He lives within us and If He lives within, He will come out in our actions, our speech and our behavior. We like Mary, have the privilege of delivering Christ into the world by the way we live, through our lifestyles, our display of unconditional love, our forgiving spirit, and by trusting Him and following in obedience to His call. Let’s be challenged today to deliver Christ into our worlds and circles of influence by being obedient to His will, however difficult it may seem! His faithfulness is awesome and His victory is sure!