REMEMBER THE CHRIST OF CHRISTMAS!
My previous post (Part 1) concluded with the following question:
Is your prayer life barren—i.e. not producing results?
The Bible tells us that it was Elizabeth who was barren, implying that the biological reason for the couple’s childlessness may have been her fault.
Let’s stop for a moment and apply both Mary’s and Elizabeth’s situation to ourselves.
We have been espoused to Christ. In 1 Corinthians 11:2 Pauls says:
…For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
Dear reader, if your prayer life is barren, i.e. dry, fruitless, ineffective—please know that the fault is not with Christ, your spiritual husband. Please know and accept that the fault lies with you alone.
We’ll move on now to take a look at the other woman in Luke’s nativity account.
Mary – an espoused virgin
Mary is a virgin, engaged to a man called Joseph, a descendant of the house of David. She is God’s chosen vessel to bring Jesus, the Messiah, into the world. Even though Mary is told about God’s plan for her life, she still has to accept what God proposes and submit to his Word in order for the miracle of Christ’s birth to happen.
Luke 1:38 tells us that she agrees. She says:
Behold the maid-servant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.
Now we’ve already learned that Mary is engaged. Her agreement to God’s will could potentially cost her relationship with her fiancé along with her plans for marriage. In fact, submission to God’s will was most likely going to cost Mary her reputation.
Again, let’s pause here, as I temporarily remove the spotlight from Mary, back to you dear reader. What price are you willing to pay for God’s plan and purpose to be fulfilled, for God’s will to be implemented in and through your life?
Are you willing to let go of personal dreams, to forgo your plans, to lose your reputation?
(To be continued/…)
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