Answer the call
“Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.” Luke 1:38
Today I want to consider Mary and her life of faith and obedience. Having grown up in a Jewish home, she was well train in scripture and prepared for the arranged marriage she would one day be given into. She was submissive, humble/selfless, and well prepared for every “good work” she would be called to. However, the thing that is most impressive about Mary is her words of faith. When she was visited by the angel Gabriel and after she heard the message he was sent to give her, she didn’t argue or make excuses or even object. Instead, she said, “Look, I am here (in the world) to serve the LORD, let it be, (or give it to me) just like God said it.” She recognized the message was from God, believed she was born/called for this mission, and received it immediately. She didn’t say, “Let me pray and think about it.” She didn’t consider the struggle or the inconvenience of her calling. She didn’t even say, “I’ll have to talk to Joseph first.” She believed God would handle all the details and would get her through every battle she would face. This is what true faith is all about.
Let’s take a look at the steps Mary took when she received her calling/mission from God through the angel.
- She heard the word.
- She didn’t argue or make excuses, she gave no objections or refusal.
- She recognized the word/call was the reason she was given life on earth.
- She received the word and didn’t consider the struggles or impossibilities that would have to be overcome.
- She rejoiced in that word and let it become a part of her.
- Then she watched as God fulfilled the word in her life.
- She didn’t try to make it happen, all she had to do was cling to that word, rejoice in the assignment and obey any instruction the Holy Spirit gave to move her in the direction of her calling/mission.
Maybe you are thinking, “That’s nice, but how is that relevant for me today?” The answer to that question is: Faith still works the same way today and so does God‘s calling. Each one of us has been or will be called for a specific mission here in this life and if we follow the same steps and example that Mary gave, we will be empowered to complete that mission. The process will look generally the same.
- “Hear” the word from God about where and what He is calling you to. It will come from the Holy Spirit within you and be backed up by the written Word of God (scripture).
- Don’t argue or make excuses why you can’t or don’t want to do what God is putting on your heart to do.
- Recognize the call is the reason you were given life on the earth. Receive the word and do not consider the impossibility of it.
- Rejoice in the word and calling that God has given you and let it become a part of you by meditating it and thanking God for it daily.
- Watch God fulfill that mission in your life through your obedience to the promptings of the Holy Spirit in the right timing.
Today I want to encourage you to consider your calling. We all have one and we all were born into this world for a purpose. If you are a young person just starting out into your adult life, ask God for the wisdom to discern the call and mission He has for you. If you are older, consider if you have allowed/given God access to complete His plan in your life. Ask Him to make the path plain and clear and sincerely desire to fulfill your purpose. God will lead you in the perfect path to get you to your blessed place and fulfill in you all you were created to be.
Today’s scripture reading: Luke 1:26-38