When God Picked A Woman to Raise His Son, What Did He Look For?
The greatest thing in all of life is: knowing, loving, and serving God.
The most amazing thing in life is that God uses any of us with all of our weaknesses and struggles.
With those two thoughts in mind, on this Mother’s Day, consider that Mary was offered one of the biggest jobs in the world. As we open to Luke 1:28, ponder this question with me:
When God Picked A Woman to Raise His Son,
What Did He Look For?
Mary was chosen as one among all, no one else was ever chosen, or could be, to bear and raise God’s Son. When God picked one woman out of all of history, and out of all women who ever walked on Earth: why did He pick Mary to raise His Son? What did He look for?
We assuredly know that God did not pick Mary because she was a perfect woman, because there has never been a perfect woman that ever lived since all of mankind fell into sin. That is the bottom line of the Scriptures.
What Does God Look for in His Servants
Mary was called, but Mary chose to respond, to obey what God DESIRED for her. The key to serving God is: WANTING to do what He says. Today that is the essence of what each of us must consider down deep in our hearts: do we desire with all our hearts to serve God with our lives?
We may fail, we may slip, we may stray, but at the deepest level of our hearts, we want to DO what pleases Him. Pleasing God means serving God.
Mary went through over 30 years of criticism, rumors, gossip, and slander, yet she plodded on even when people her whole life rejected who she had been in God’s plan.
God is pleased to use servants who are misunderstood for what they do for Him, falsely criticized and even slandered: yet they just go on faithfully serving Him.
Mary’s Lessons To Us
When God found Mary what do we see about her? There are several pairs of words that describe Mary as she was, but we could summarize all that the Bible records about Mary by saying:
1. Mary was Greatly Honored But stayed Humble: God always uses servants that stay humble no matter how He blesses them.
2. Mary Questioned the Plan But still Obeyed: God always uses servants that sincerely seek to understand what He wants, and even when they struggle to know how God could do what He said, when they jut obey, He uses them!
- Mary was Hurt and Slighted Many Times, But Went On: God is pleased to use servants that let the Lord Jesus Christ get all the glory, honor, and credit for their lives.
- Mary was Rebuked But stayed Submissive: God is pleased to use servants that allow Him to correct, refine, and discipline as needed; and God is pleased when we submit to His instruction.
- Mary was Misunderstood But Never Quit: God is pleased to use servants who are misunderstood for what they do for Him, falsely criticized and even slandered: yet they just go on faithfully serving Him.
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