Do you know that you have been called to a great work? Mary, the mother
of Jesus, was called to a great work. The angel, Gabriel, came to her
and said, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You
will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He
will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God
will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over
Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” Mary trembled
at the news, but she replied, “I am the Lord's servant.”
had a heart to obey. She never walked away from God's calling. Don't
walk away from what God has called you to do for the sake of time or
personal need or even fear. The desire of His heart is for you to know
Him completely, to be fulfilled in your calling, to have a pliable
heart, to know the power of His presence, and to receive what He has
promised. The promise is realized when you allow Him to work in your
life, and you give Him the gift of an obedient heart. What God has
promised you is true, and He will bring it to pass in His time.
Jesus is the reason for this wonderful season. Christ was born for you
and me, and He died for us. It came at the greatest cost─His life for
yours and mine─His pure life for our sinful one─His perfect love for our
rejection─His pain for our stubbornness. And what will it cost? A
repentant, and obedient heart. His will instead of our own. Perhaps you
were once wandering, longing to be used by the Lord, longing to be
fulfilled in His purpose. The Holy Spirit opened a door, and you walked
joyfully through it, and knew the joy of His promise and His purpose.
His purpose and His will is your anchor which sustains through all the
trials and hardships. Never let go of it.
Have you made a
decision about your life which has placed His will on the shelf? Have
you let go of the precious gift of His calling for the sake of your own
personal need or because of fear? Long ago I did. There was no joy in
placing my desire before His calling. I knew great loneliness and pain.
At the time my decision seemed so right, because my need seemed so
great, but I learned later I had lost so much of what He had promised.
And my greatest loss was in failing Him. I lost so much believing I was
making the best decision, when all He wanted was for me to allow Him to
be in control. He just wanted my obedient heart. He longed for me to
trust Him to bring about what He had promised. And what it cost was the
loss of His presence. Never again will I turn from His will for my life.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways
my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your
thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9). Mary realized the omnipotence of a great God,
and the importance of what He asked. She realized that He was higher in
every way than she could ever be─that His purpose and vision in every
way surpassed Her own.
If He has promised you something allow Him to
bring it to pass in His time. Give Him the gift of an obedient
heart this Christmas. Give Him all of you. That special promise He has
brought into your life will be fulfilled in His time.