Mary, did you know that your baby boy would one day walk on water?
Mary, did you know that your baby boy would save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you brand new?
This child that you’ve delivered, will soon deliver you
Mary, a young virgin woman, birthed the man that would eventually die for the sins of the whole human race. Can you talk about pressure? I mean, what would you do if someone came and told you that even though you are a virgin, you are now pregnant with a savior, a king?
For many of us, this day will actually come. Of course, you probably won’t actually become pregnant with a baby without having sex, but you will become pregnant with your purpose. You will become pregnant with an idea that will change the lives of many and you will feel the pressure that Mary felt. As I was reading Luke 1 and 2 I found that there are quite a few things that we can learn from Mary.
When her purpose was revealed,
- Mary surrendered to God (vs. 38)
- Mary praised God (vs. 46-56)
- Mary dedicated her gift to God (vs. 22-24)
Mary surrendered to God (1:38)
When the angel Gabriel came to Mary to tell her that she would give birth to Jesus, the first thing she did was ask a question. I used to always think that as Christians we should never question God, but I’ve started to think about it a little differently. I think that it is okay to question God if you do it with the right intentions. I don’t think we should question God’s authority or power, but I believe if we are genuinely confused about a situation or the direction that our life is going we should ask for clarity and wisdom.
After the angel answered Mary’s question, she replied, “I am the Lord’s servant.” When Mary’s purpose was revealed, she surrendered to God. How many of us can say that we have truly surrendered? Surrendering to God means giving to Him everything that you are and everything that you have and asking Him to use it for His will. Surrendering to God means giving up your own plan for you life, and deciding to follow God’s plan.
Have you surrendered?
Mary praised God (1:46-56)
After Mary visited Elizabeth and saw that she was pregnant (which the angel told her), Mary began to praise God. She said that her spirit rejoiced in God and the Mighty One has done great things for her. When Mary’s purpose was revealed to her, she praised God.
Can you say the same? Often times, when God reveals our purpose the first thing we notice is the uncomfortable things that it requires us to do. Often times our purpose requires that we step out of our comfort zone and move in ways that we hadn’t moved before. We can get so caught up in the fear of the unknown within our purpose that it hinders us from even beginning to walk in it. Instead, we should praise God and thank Him for seeing us a vessel, as something that He can use to draw more souls into the kingdom.
Mary made a dedication to God (2:22-24)
It was written that every firstborn male be consecrated, or dedicated, to God so Joseph and Mary took Jesus to Jerusalem. Mary knew exactly who her son would grow up to be and she made the decision to dedicate him back to God. When you give birth to purpose, you should dedicate it to God. Make the decision to use your purpose to glorify and lift Him up. Dedicate your gifts, your talents, your time all back to God and your purpose.