“So the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God! Listen: You will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus.’” (Luke 1:30-31 NET)
“So Mary said, ‘Yes, I am a servant of the Lord; let this happen to me according to your word.’ Then the angel departed from her.” (Luke 1:38 NET)
Christmas is getting closer and I’ve started thinking about the Christmas story. We’ve all heard it: the virgin, Mary, gives birth to Jesus, God’s son, in a stable while traveling with her newly wedded husband, Joseph.
Seems simple, but amazing, right?
Everything in the Bible can be taken to a deeper level, though, because it is God’s word that we need to apply to our lives. As I was going deeper into these verses, some thoughts came to me.
In “Bible Times” girls would marry at very young ages. Mary, Jesus’ earthly mother, was merely 13 years old. This seems crazy to us now, but that’s how it was back then. Another thing, she was engaged to Joseph. How would you feel if you were 13, engaged, and God told you that you were pregnant with his son (pregnant, but not married)? I don’t know how I would feel, but I know I would be rolling out excuses by the bucket load: I am too young. I am not wise enough. They could stone me for being pregnant, but not married. Joseph could not marry me because it isn’t his baby. If Joseph doesn’t marry me, no one else ever will.
This was God’s call to Mary, and she could have used all of the legitimate excuses I just listed. Instead, she freely stated, “I am a servant of the Lord; let this happen to me according to your word.” Did you catch that? No “There’s someone better for the job” or “Everyone will make fun of me,” just “I am a servant of the Lord.”
Now, let’s apply this to our lives. Like I said before, this was God’s call to Mary. We all get “calls” from God, but we don’t always respond as well as Mary. I can think of many times in my life that I have felt a call to just talk to someone about Christ, but have made up excuses like “They’ll just laugh at me” or “They won’t listen, what’s the point of even saying something.”
Sound familiar to anyone?
Here’s the kicker: most of us, in our lives, will never be called to do things that could end in us getting stoned, disowned, and/or raise God’s son. Mary was called, however, and while we make excuses for the littlest things; she walked into this with an open heart. If she can do that, why can’t we just do what God wants without complaint or argument?
My challenge for you is to not make up excuses the next time you feel called to something. Just do whatever it is you feel God wants you to do, and let Him be in control. I promise you won’t be sorry.
God’s plan for us is always better than our own.
I’m Haley Faye Snyder. I’m 13 years old and in eighth grade. I’ve lived in the same Christian home in Kentucky since I was born. I have one little brother and two loving parents. I go to Westport Baptist church and have my whole life. (read more…)