Thursday, December 20, 2012


“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” 
She'd been startled, heard the greeting, questioned, received information, and guessed at the challenges ahead. Now, she had a choice.
God chose her because she already held Him dear in her heart. Her yes would make her a special vessel for Messiah. Her yes would subsequently challenge us when we had to choose between receiving or rejecting God's purposes. Costly, rewarding--yes.
She could have objected because the town gossips would have a heyday with her growing belly. Her life would be thrown into upheaval from a newborn before her wedding. Even worse: Joseph might think she'd had an affair.
Instead, she spoke what was in her heart. She was the Lord's servant. She would do whatever it took to be a part of God's grand scheme of salvation.
Examine attitudes that prepare you to say yes to God's instructions.
Consider how your yes (righteous response) impacts others.
 Consider the impact of Jesus' YES:
Just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men (Romans 5:18, NIV).

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