We are all pretty familiar with the song, “Mary Did You Know?” Which centers around the life and ministry of Jesus.
It is a very nice song, but I want to discuss a huge part in all of it.
Mary believed God for what He said He would do, and who He said she would become.
We first learn that Mary would become pregnant through the Holy Spirit in Luke 1:28-33
The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
It is interesting how Mary responds to him.
Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.
I can relate to her response, we all could.
When God calls us to do something it usually is known to have some serious responsibility included and it is easy to be troubled.
Mary also wondered what kind of greeting it was, and I might suggest this might not have been the first encounter speaking to an angel, because of what the next portion says,
But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.”
It is about 2am, Christmas Eve, as I have sat myself down to write this, and I will have my alarm set in about 4.5 hrs for work…but I was led to this portion of scripture tonight by words pressed upon my heart while I was praying.
“Where you are hard on yourself is where you doubt me.”
This really shook me for a moment, it was so clear, and yet shocking at the same time, and then I wiped the tears off my face and composed myself.
I have a calling on my life, I have something the Lord wants to birth from me, but there are places in my life where I really have trouble believing I’m capable to truly overcome, because these are places I have not truly given to God to lead me in.
Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord said will be accomplished (Luke 1:45)
Clearly, we know Mary would conceive Jesus and that He would be the Savior of the world, but it goes deeper than that.
For one, we don’t know if that night speaking with the angel if they had more of a conversation, but we do know that Mary was human, she was young and she was given a huge Calling over her life.
There almost seems to be a similarity to Philippians 1:6 “He who began a good work in you will finish it to completion in Christ Jesus.”
Mary knew she was too, also in need of a Savior. She was aware she was imperfect and given the responsibility to birth and raise a son through God Himself.
“Mary, Did you know?” really began with the faith from Mary that God would keep His promise.
Merry Christmas 🙂