Have you meet Mary? She is this young teenager that is turning into this beautiful young lady. Now she does belongs to that family on the edge of town that does not have much; she really won’t become much either. But I did over hear that she recently got engaged to Joseph. He is that carpenter that lives in town. Maybe she will get her happily ever after…
In the eyes of Mary’s community, she had all the characteristics that would make her seem unusable by God for his kingdom. God on the other hand saw a young lady’s trust in Him. He found favor upon Mary. (Luke 1:26-37)
Now God’s favor on Mary did not bring her success or fame. Becoming the mother of the Messiah, would lead to much pain, ridicule from her peers, possibility of her fiance leaving her, and her son would be rejected and murdered. But Mary’s simple reply was “Lord use Me.”
“I am the Lord’s servant…” – Luke 1:38
Regardless of how unqualified we may feel or even be, all of us as children of God. We can walk with Him and can be used by Him. Simply not because we are significant but because of the relationship we have with Christ. Our true identity is not found in our careers, our spouse, our children, or even in our possessions. It is the fact that we have a connection to the Lord Jesus Christ. Which gives our lives value, significance and makes us usable by God.
Consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God (1 Cor. 1:26–29).
The importance of Mary’s life was not bases on worldly values but on her relationship to Jesus that gave her significance to life. Don’t assume you have to be extraordinary to be used by God. God specializes in using ordinary people, whose weaknesses and limitations make them ideal to be used by God. An old litany says,
The next time you think God can’t use you, remember:
Noah was a drunk
Abraham was too old
Isaac was a daydreamer
Jacob was a liar
Leah was ugly
Joseph was abused
Moses was murderer had a stuttering problem
Gideon was afraid
Samson had long hair and was a womanizer
Rahab was a prostitute
Jeremiah and Timothy were too young
David had an affair and was a murderer
Elijah was suicidal
Isaiah preached naked
Jonah ran from God
Naomi was a widow
Job went bankrupt and depressed
Peter denied Christ
The Disciples fell asleep while praying
Martha worried about everything
The Samaritan woman was divorced, more than once
Zaccheus was too small
Paul was too religious
Timothy had an ulcer.
Lazarus was dead!
No excuses then, God chooses the weak and makes them strong
I would like to challenge each of my readers, as well as myself.
- Challenge you to seek God. Pick up that dusty Bible and start reading the Gospels. Get to know Jesus. Learning how Jesus lived and began his earthly ministry
- Challenge you to not to just pray but also to listen to God. Prayer is how you begin a conversation with God. Listening to God allows it to be a two way conversation. Listening to God requires a choice to shut out all the chaos around you and just focus your thoughts. The Bible informs us that God is someone can hear, and the Bible is one of the main tools through which He speaks.
- Challenge you to start making world changes within your home. As I have talked about before it is clear in the Bible what a married woman’s life and ministry are to be: centered in her home. Start within the walls of your home to change the world. (see Being Super Woman Is Overrated)
Do you believe that God can use our life to make a difference in the world?