Christmas Isn't for Doubters
If you grew up in a traditional church, you may have heard of something called The Magnificat, or Mary’s Song. She sang it after the angel told her that she would be Jesus’ mother. It shows how fully Mary embraced God’s plan for her life, and goes like this…
“My soul glorifies the Lord
And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.
For he has been mindful
Of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed
For the Mighty one has done great things for me –
Holy is His name.”
- Luke 1:47-49 (NIV)
Mary knew the journey wouldn’t be easy… but it would be incredibly rewarding. And, it would take faith to move forward with the dream God put in her heart.
She also knew some people wouldn’t believe her story…that they would question her life the moment she began to show. Despite all this, she agreed to become a willing participant in God’s plan.
Whether you’re giving birth to the Savior of the world, or someone who 2,000 years later believes in that birth, following God’s plan takes faith. It takes faith to trust that Jesus paid for your sins, and to have confidence that he’s preparing a home for you in heavenly city you’ve never seen.
Mary showed us that faith embraces God’s plan before it becomes reality.
At first, Mary was confused. She asked the angel “How will this be?” (Luke 1:34) Many of us are still asking God that same question today. The angel told her how:
“The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.”
– Luke 1:35 (NIV)
The dreams God puts in your heart will always be bigger than anything you can accomplish by yourself. If the dream you have is something you can do all by yourself, it’s probably not from him. God will use your talents and energy to bring his plans to pass, but they will always require his power to complete.
Mary’s response to the angel’s answer shows just how much faith she had in God:
Mary said, “I am willing to be used of the Lord. Let it happen to me as you have said.”
– Luke 1:38 (NLV)
What has God promised to do through you that hasn’t happened yet? Are you embracing his plan like Mary did? Have you responded with the same kind of confidence she showed when she said “I am willing to be used of the Lord. Let it happen to me as you have said?”
If not, why not start now?! Go ahead! Take hold of the dream God has for your life, and see where God takes you next!