Will You Say Yes?
“Mary responded, I am the Lord's servant. May everything you have said about me come true.”
~ Luke 1:38
A major emphasis of Christmas is on the experience of Mary, the mother of Jesus. On the last Sunday before Christmas, the fourth Sunday of Advent, let us consider Mary as an example of obedient faith in God, when she said yes.
Mary was an unknown woman who lived in Nazareth and was from the tribe of Judah, and the line of David. She was a poor girl, and most likely never wore fine clothing. Since the days in Bethlehem she is the woman honored above all women in the Bible. She has gone down in history as being very exceptional because she is the mother of Jesus.
The angel Gabriel was sent by God and appeared to Mary to give her a message from Him. Gabriel said to her, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!” Is that not a magnificent greeting and blessing? The Book of Luke states that Mary was: “confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean”. The angel immediately told her to not be afraid because she had found “favor with God! You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus”.
The story of Mary and the birth of her son, Jesus, is the one of the most divine accounts in the Bible. As Christian's, may we be as accessible to the Holy Spirit as Mary. Because of her obedience to God, He was able to work through her to give the world the supreme gift; the birth of Jesus Christ. She is a glorious example for Christians to follow in their own faith walk because of her complete faith in God, she said yes!
This coming week we will be celebrating Christmas. For many people the gifts are wrapped, mailed, or under the Christmas tree. The homes are decorated and the food is being prepared for Christmas Day. However, have you made the most important preparation of all? Have you prepared your gift to give to Jesus? Why not take time to contemplate, meditate, and learn from the experience of Mary and her reaction to the angel that God sent named Gabriel. Because she had a willing heart to be obedient to God, she was chosen to give birth to a son named, Jesus.
Are you preparing your soul to hear the whisper of His voice when He speaks to you in the hustle and bustle during this Christmas week and Christmas Day? Are you like Mary? Are you ready to say an unconditional yes when the Lord asks a special assignment of you?
I wish you and your family a very blessed Christmas.
Lord God, thank You for Your presence during Christmas week. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington