Saying Yes

When Mary heard what God had called her to do, she said “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word” (Luke 1:38). No objections, no requests to find someone else, just a couple of questions. Of all the call stories we hear from scripture, Mary is the most accepting of what God asks.

Was Mary comfortable with her situation? In those times an unwed mother might be forced to leave the village or face death at the hands of those who charged her with dishonoring the community. It certainly couldn’t have been easy. However, that didn’t deter Mary in the least. She still said yes without hesitation.

How do we respond to God’s call on our lives? Are we ready to do the work of the kingdom when asked? Sometimes the request is outside our comfort zone. God didn’t promise it would be easy, but He did promise to be there with us.

Loving Lord, sometimes You call us to difficult tasks. Give us strength and confidence in the gifts You have provided for the work You need in our world. May we, like Mary, respond with joy and let it be with us according to Your word.

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