Our True Hope Day 14 – Let It Be According To Your Word

Bible Reading: Luke 1:26-38

As I read this story about the Angel Gabrial telling Mary the plan of God for her life,  I am once again amazed at the work of God.  This story is not a fairy tale that we hear each Christmas.  This story portrays the kindness of God to foretell his marvelous works to Mary!  My heart longs to be one like Mary,  whom God chooses to use according to his will.  Here are three things to learn about being used by God:

Those whom God chooses to use have found favor with God.

It’s easy for us to look back in history and see great men and women who were used by God.  Sometimes their stories are exciting, and sometimes their stories make us tremble. We may think that God would never use us in such a way because we are unworthy. Or we may be glad God doesn’t ask us to do something so difficult because the sacrifice would just be too much for us.   But the reality is when God uses our lives for his kingdom and mission, we are like Mary, “highly favored” (Luke 1: 28, 30).  Yes, two different times the angel made it clear that this calling Mary was receiving was the favor of God.  When God uses us in any capacity, do we see it as a burden or as His favor?  Just pause for a moment to consider this: God Almighty is looking to accomplish his will on earth through you and through the power of his Spirit.  We can either be burdened and bothered by this or be joyful and excited to be used by God!

Those whom God chooses to use will be faced with impossible situations.

As humans, we often want to avoid any situations that seem frightening or impossible.  But as God plans to use us,  he often leads us to situations that are impossible without him.  We can look back in history, and everyone who did anything significant for God was met with impossible circumstances. Why did God choose to have Jesus be born of a virgin?  Why couldn’t he pick a perfect young family with a husband and wife who were already married?  Because God does his best work through the impossible.  The angel reminded Mary, “For nothing will be impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37).  Don’t be discouraged when you are faced with impossible situations.  Trust him and know that we serve a God who does the impossible!

Those whom God chooses to use can respond  with, “Let it be according to your word.”

Mary’s response is one that echoes throughout all of history.  After the angel declared God’s plan, Mary responded; “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word. (Luke 1:38)  Will we also come with open hearts to God and say, “let it be according to your word”?  Will we respond, “Wherever and whatever you want for my life God, here I am, send me, use me”? (Isaiah 6:8)  Will we  allow fearful situations, peoples expectations of us, or the impossible, to keep us from obeying God’s plan and calling?  There is such a work to be done in 2018.  The spiritual health of our society is in fast decline. There are so many who need to hear the truth of God’s word.  May God look into our lives and see willing hearts that cry out, “Let it be God! Let your will be accomplished in and through my life!”
Question to consider:  Am I completely open to allow God to use me in any way he chooses to?
Additional Reading: Isaiah 6:1-13