Friday, December 21, 2012

Servanthood by Pastor Poppie Paul

Most artwork of the virgin Mary shows a very clean, saintly, and immaculate woman.  If you travel across Europe and examine the great cathedrals you will almost always find Mary in a position equal to or higher than God Himself.

Even when you see Mary in a stable, or holding the lifeless body of her son, she is clean.  I chose this piece of artwork because it had a more earthy vibe.

Mary did not lead a clean and easy life.  Mary traveled when pregnant, birthed in a barn, ran for her life to Egypt, raised her son, engaged his ministry, and accepted His wild circle of friends.

 She lived amid the drama and controversy.  She tried to get Him to back off and settle down.  Mary stood beneath the cross to watch her son die and joined her friends in bearing the spices to prepare His body!  Mary was anything but an ordinary mom with an easy life!

When the angel Gabriel delivered God's life changing message to Mary
she made a profound declaration:

Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant.
May everything you have said about me come true.”
And then the angel left her.   Luke 1:38

I doubt if young Mary understood the far reaching implications of her commitment to servanthood.  What about you?  Have you asked or offered things to God?  Is it possible that the situation you currently find yourself in today is a direct result of the prayers you prayed decades ago?

If you are wondering what you are going through consider that God is busy answering your prayer and working His will.  Maybe He has a plan for you that is very different than the plan you thought God was going to have for you!

Has there ever been a time when you have offered your life to God?
Is it possible that God is answering?


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