And Mary said, “Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. – Luke 1:38
In the past, I have wondered if Mary would have been chosen by God had she balked at the prospect of giving birth to the Savior of the world. Of course, Moses resisted (a lot) when God chose Him and it didn’t hinder his selection. But, then again, Mary was responsible for nurturing the Deliverer, not being one. I finally concluded that the omniscient Sovereign Creator of the universe most likely knew Mary better than she even knew herself. Even before Mary was given an opportunity to respond, God knew that this young girl would accomplish His eternal purpose.
Of course, He knows you, too. And though you will not be challenged to the magnitude that Mary was, you will certainly be tested. Will you answer His call? Will you serve God’s purpose at the expense of your own? Are you so willingly surrendered that whatever the Master desires, you will give your all to see it accomplished?
Are you, too, a bondslave of your Lord?
If anybody really wants to know God better, I would say to that person, “Don’t worry. If you really want to, you will. Whether you’ll like it when you do is another question.” – C. S. Lewis
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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