DAY 12 • DECEMBER 24
“In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth, your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.” “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
One day, an angel shows up at Mary’s door and says, “Mary, God has a plan, He’s coming to earth so we’ll know what He’s like. You’re not going to believe how He wants to do it! He’s going to use you to give birth to Jesus.” Why did God choose Mary? It wasn’t because of her experience as a mother. She’d never had a child. It wasn’t because of her socioeconomic status. She was poor and of humble beginnings. It wasn’t because of her fearless attitude. The word “troubled” used to describe Mary in the text actually means “scared to death.” God chose Mary simply because Mary chose God. Mary chose God’s will over her own comfort. She chose God’s plan over her own future. Everyone wants to live a life with purpose and meaning and leave their mark on the world. Indeed, Mary left an indelible mark on the world on that very first Christmas Day when she gave birth to a son, Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world! All she had to do was say yes.
Take a moment and thank God that all through human history, He has accomplished His perfect will by using ordinary people, who are willing to say YES! If there are particular people that have impacted your life, make sure to thank God for their willingness to follow him.
Make it personal: Are there situations and circumstances where you feel inadequate, where you feel like the least likely candidate? No matter where you are, take a moment and listen to see how God might want to use you in this season of your life.
Are there requests that God has given you that you still need to say YES to? Ask God to increase your faith and give you supernatural courage. Ask God to give you the courage to boldly say YES to His plan and purpose for your life as you partner with Him to accomplish great things in this world!
As we celebrate Christmas 2020 and prepare for the long awaited arrival 2021, maybe you’re considering some New Year’s resolutions. As you’re thinking about the new year and your commitments, write down at least one opportunity you might have to risk it all and say YES to God’s plan so you can leave your mark in the world!
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