What could women have in common with Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ?
As women, we have all pretty much been through the same things. Except for the miraculous virgin conception.
We have all been Mary’s age at one time or another. Most of us have lived during a time when an unwed pregnancy was hidden or looked down upon. We have all had boy problems, and most of us have had either a best friend/relative that we would run to with exciting news. We also, seem to flock to others that are in the same situation.
Now let’s look at Mary’s story.
Mary was a young girl pledged to marry a man named Joseph. An angel came to her and told her that she would conceive and give birth to a son, and to call him Jesus. Of course, Mary questioned this and the angel explained. The angel also told Mary that her relative Elizabeth would be having a child, and was in her sixth month. Elizabeth had been unable to conceive before. Without further question, Mary says to the angel, “I am the Lord’s servant. May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then she got ready and hurried to see Elizabeth.
Now, I’d like to think that if an angel appeared to me to tell me that I am highly favored, and the Lord is with me, that I would have the faith that Mary had right away. Id like to think that the first words out of my mouth are something like, “I am the Lord’s servant.” I want her faith. Mary was just a girl when all of this happened. She couldn’t have been prepared for all of this to happen. She couldn’t have been equipped.
But as we look throughout the history of the bible, does God ever call the equipped? It doesn’t seem like it.
Here are just ten examples:
- Noah was a drunk.
- Abraham was old.
- Isaac was a daydreamer.
- Moses had a stuttering problem.
- Rahab was a prostitute.
- David was an adulterer and a murderer.
- Naomi was a widow.
- Martha worried about everything.
- The Samaritan woman was divorced.
- Lazarus was dead!
Some of us are just as equipped as those people, and actually maybe just a little more equipped. We have the Bible to look back on, study, and learn from, and these folks were making the history we read about today.
It is evident that God can and will call anyone, no matter their status, faults, or age. Heck, he uses those that have passed on still to this day! Just remember, God will use you too! No matter your status, faults, or age. If He calls upon you, He will equip you with everything you need and He will use you!
I pray that each and every one of you open to the many different ways that God can use you! I pray that you are listening, and willing to have faith like Mary did. I pray this for myself, too!
Thank you to Dr. Tony Evans for giving me permission to use his photo. Follow him on Twitter (@drtonyevans) to receive his encouraging words all the time.