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A Heart of Obedience

Luke 1:45

Blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord. 

In Luke 1:26-56, we read the story of Mary receiving the message that she had been chosen by God to be the mother of His Son.

After hearing the life-changing news that she was to bear the Son of God, Mary had a choice on how she would respond. Mary's response to God was “Yes, Lord. Use me! Do it just like You said” (v. 38). She acted in immediate obedience. She said, “Yes, Lord. Now tell me what to do.” How was Mary able to respond to God is this trusting way? Because she was governed by the power of His divine grace. Mary had found favor with God (v. 30).  “Favor” is the Greek word charis which means the spiritual condition of one governed by the power of divine grace. Mary knew God. She knew His heart. She knew His Word. She knew it had been prophesied that a virgin would be with child and would bear a Son and would call His name Immanuel (Isaiah 7:14). When God asked, Mary's answer was “Yes” because she had responded to His divine grace poured out over her life. 

As we look at Mary, we see a heart of obedience, one that believes God and His Word, and lives that belief out in her daily life. It was not going to be easy for Mary. Many would not believe her that she was pregnant as a virgin with the Son of God. Not even her betrothed Joseph believed her at the beginning. He had to have Gabriel visit him to tell him Mary spoke the truth (Matthew 1:18-25). She did not know what her future held, how difficult it would be to be the mother of the Messiah, to watch Jesus grow, to watch Him minister, to watch Him die. All she knew, at this point in time, was God was able: “Not any Word of God will be impossible” (v. 37).

How obedient are our hearts? If God calls us to a task, what will our response be to Him? Will we need reassurance that it is really God speaking? Will we need to make a list of pros and cons to know if this is the right thing for us to do or the right time for us to do it? One thing we can learn from Mary is that we need to have a heart of immediate obedience. A truly obedient heart's response to God is “yes” even before He has said what needs to be done. May our answer always be “Yes, Lord.  Now tell me what to do.” 

PRAYER

Father, thank You for giving us the example of Mary to show us what an obedient heart looks like. Help me to trust You fully, to know that You will only ever ask me to do something if it can bring You glory or be for my good. I choose today to walk in immediate obedience to You. Whatever You ask, my answer is “Yes.” You are worthy of all that I am and all that I have. Help me to examine my heart today. Uncover in me any areas that I am hesitant to entrust to You. I want all that I am to be Yours. 

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