Day Eight: Mary’s Willing Heart

Luke 1:26-28 says, “And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,” “To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.” “And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.”

Could you imagine being in Mary’s shoes? She was a virgin, engaged to a faithful man of God, who was living in a time when being pregnant before marriage was shameful. In these three scriptures, we learn that God chose Mary to carry His Son because she was highly favored. Mary was a woman who sought after the will of God and trusted in Him. We, as women of God must be the same. We can learn from Mary that desiring the will of God for our lives will always lead us the right way.

Luke 1:29-36 says, “And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.” “And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.” “And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.” “He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:” “And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.” “Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?” “And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.” “And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.”

We learn from these scriptures that Jesus is eternal. We have the privilege of serving a Savior who will never die or leave us to be on our own. We get to serve the only true and living God today because Mary was willing to follow God’s plan, not caring about what those around her would say. Jesus came to give us a life worth living. Because of Mary’s willingness, our Savior was able to enter the world the same way we do, to be our example on how to live a holy life.

Luke 1:37-38 says, “For with God nothing shall be impossible.” “And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.”

These are the two most important scriptures in this passage because it teaches us two things. The first thing it teaches us is that with God, there is nothing impossible for Him. We serve a God that is able to do all things and do them more abundantly than we could ever ask for. If you are struggling this holiday season, remember that God is able to perform a work in your life, even if you can’t see how He possibly could. God can and He will.

The second thing these scriptures teach us is that Mary had a willing heart. Mary didn’t hesitate when the angel spoke to her. Even though she was fearful and troubled, she allowed her heart to believe in the power of the God she served. When we look at Mary, we can learn how to be willing to follow God’s plan for our lives. We learn to not hesitate or question God when He tells us about something that is going to happen for us. We learn to just step out on faith and believe that God is going to be faithful in our lives. Mary teaches us to have a willing heart, while taking each step in faith towards God plan.

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