And Mary said. Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. Luke 1:38a
From the time we are old enough to play fireman and baby dolls, we are asked “What do you want to be when you grow up?” That’s really the wrong question.
Mary was unique in that she was to become the mother of our Lord. That was God’s plan for Mary. Actually, God has a unique plan for each of us. Mary is the example of the type of person we want to be. She has some qualities about her that allowed her to be strong and go through tough times to fulfill God’s plan for her life. It wasn’t the pretty Christmas picture of Mary and Joseph and the babe sweetly lying in a manger with halos all around. Mary’s first priority was to be the handmaid, the servant, of the Lord. That should our first priority as well.
What qualities did Mary possess that helped her follow God’s plan?
- She demonstrated by her purity and her righteousness that she wanted to love and serve God.
- She demonstrated a desire to live with a divine purpose. Malachi 2:15 would have been a familiar verse to her . . . That he might seek a godly seed. . . . She saw her purpose as raising up children to the Lord.
- She demonstrated that she put the Lord above everything and everyone else because she risked family, friends and fiancé to be the mother of God’s Son.
We all have our ideas about what we want to be; a fireman, a policeman, a teacher, a nurse, etc. but the real question is, “What is God’s unique plan for our lives?” If we, like Mary, possess these qualities we will know God’s plan; not necessarily by an angel’s appearance, but by God’s direction through His Word.
Want you let us know how God is showing you His unique plan for your life?
I am currently reading The Women of Christmas by Liz Curtis Higgs. Her book is the inspiration,along with a little plagerism, for today’s blog. Hope you get a chance to read it as well for more insight into God’s unique plan for each of us.