Mary, Let It Be.
Then Mary said, “…Let it be unto me according to your word…”
She made this statement in a response to the angel Gabriel who had just informed her she had been chosen by God to be the mother of our Lord.
There was no hesitation in her response to Gabriel even though she was only fourteen years old.
This tells me she was mature far beyond her young years and fully understood the ramifications of her decision, knowing she would be ridiculed for being a pregnant teenager without a husband.
She would be ostracized by her neighbors, her church and even her own family; but despite knowing all this beforehand, she said to Gabriel, “Let it be unto me according to your word.”
Her response to the news Gabriel delivered to her shows she loved The Lord God with all of her heart and fully trusted Him with her life and was ready to do her part regardless of the difficulty of the task before her.
This story also tells us the age of a person has nothing to do with who God chooses to do a particular task for Him.
In the feeding of the five thousand, the little boy who gave has lunch to The Lord to feed the hungry crowd was younger than Mary, and many people down through the ages have been called upon in their later years to do great things for The Lord.
How old we are and what condition our life is in has nothing to do with our being called upon to do whatever we can to help expand the kingdom of God on earth.
Twenty thousand people needed a good meal that day and the little boy was the only person there with the presence of mind to bring a lunch with him. He gave what he had to The Lord and the Lord met the needs of all the people present.
Are you listening? The Lord took what the little boy had to offer and used it to meet the needs of many people. If we will give Him our life, He will take our life and use it to meet the needs of many people, here, there and far away.
Please keep reading: The world needed a Savior; and Mary gave up the rights to her life to see that the Savior was brought into the world and lived long enough to accomplish His mission.
When the Lord requires something of us and He does from all of us; we must be ready to say to Him as Mary was, “Let it be unto me according to your word.”
The Lord does not make mistakes and when He chooses a person for a particular task, He does so fully believing we are more than capable of performing it. He did not make a mistake when He chose Mary to be the mother of Jesus.
She accepted His plan for her life with a glad heart. She did not consider what her neighbors might think because what our neighbors think about our mission in life isn’t important.
Nor did she look back at where she came from, or that she was poor. She looked forward full of expectancy, and when He chose us, He chose us not because of who we are, but who we are not, and because He expects us to allow Him to fulfill His plan for our life just like Mary allowed Him to fulfill His plan for her life.
God does not make mistakes. he makes plans.
His plan for our life is personalized. What He planned for Mary, and Peter, and John, and Paul were individualized plans for their life. They were not used plans, they were plans He had personally designed for their life and had His stamp of approval on them.
Every plan God designs, are designed in such a way as to make the world a better place for His people to live. All we have to do is what He instructs us to do and His plan for our life will be fulfilled.
If we understood God has a magnificent plan for our life, we would say as Mary did, “Let it be unto me according to your word.”
What the angel of God asked Mary to do was be a life altering event for Mary as it will be for us. It would be a difficult situation for her to endure from start to finish, but she did it.
The Israelite’s were in a predicament. They needed a Savior. So do we. What that means is that no unsaved person is a dead end; he is an opportunity. And if we recognize him as such; God can use us to make a difference in his life.
We do not always understand what The Lord hopes to accomplish through us, but if we are willing to go the distance with Him as Mary was, we will see the fruit of our labor.
Remember last week when I said, “Anything Satan perverts, God can convert.”
We were once perverted, but God came into our life and we became a convert. What He did for us He desires to do for all people. For with God all things are possible.
What that means is; nothing or no one is a lost cause until we give up on them. Thank God those people who were praying for us didn’t give up on us. We can return the favor they did for us by doing for others what someone once did for us.
Mary’s life became difficult when she decided to do what The Lord asked of her. She was shunned by family and friends when she was found to be with child, forced to flee to Egypt to save the life of her son, lost her husband at an early age, and watched as her son was crucified on a cross being guilty of only doing good for other people.
That was the plan God had for Mary. She embraced it and lived it. He has a plan for our life as well.
What He has in mind for you, I do not know. I only know what His desire is for me at the moment and that could change at any time, but I am willing to follow Him wherever He may take me, then I, too, will know. But wherever He takes me, He will not forsake me. I have His Word on it.
The words delivered to Mary by the angel Gabriel set the tone for Mary’s life. Nowhere in scripture is this more clearly portrayed than in the story found in John chapter 2 where Jesus and His mother and a few disciples attend a wedding in Cana.
At some point during the feast, the party ran out of wine, and Mary took the problem to Jesus. Jesus responded to Mary, “What concern is that of mine?” Mary turned to the servants and said, “Whatever He tells you to do, do it.” They did as Mary instructed them, and Jesus turned 180 gallons of water into the best tasting wine any of them had ever drank.
Did Jesus turn the water into wine because His mother asked Him to do it as a personal favor, or did He turn the water into wine because of her faith in Him? I believe He responded to her faith, not as a favor, because He had already turned down her request for more wine when He said, “What concern is that of mine?”
God responds to faith, He does not respond to request for favors just for the sake of having something to do. Of course Mary already knew what God responded to because He had responded to her faith many times in the past.
Mary’s statement, “Let it be unto me according to your word” is a statement of faith in God. She believed if God could make her pregnant, He could take care of her and her child. When she said to the servants, “Whatever He tells you to do, do it” is also a statement of faith. God hears faith statements like these because it gives Him an opportunity to openly show His greatness in behalf of His children.
God is not egotistical, but He does do some things to be seen by men. Especially in front of spiritually blind people who lack understanding of who He is that they might see and believe and be converted.
People cannot be saved without first having faith in God that He can save them to the uttermost. If they have no faith in God, they cannot be saved and will die in their sin because men are saved by grace through faith. In other words, God’s grace is sufficient to meet our every need whether great or small when we by faith make our need known to God.
Hebrews 11:6 says, “Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
When we talk to God, we must believe He hears us and will grant our petition. If we just talk into the air expecting nothing to happen? Nothing happens.
How we approach God; determines how He responds to our request. DThrash