If we asked Christians whether they would have the courage of Mary to say yes to God, what do you think they would answer?
I think many would say they would say yes, but they would not think about how much courage it takes to say yes to Jesus.
On March 25, we are reminded that without Mary’s yes, the world would not have known Jesus. The birth of Christ didn’t happen just in December. Mary had carried the baby inside her for nine months.
Read Luke 1:26-38
In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then, the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him, Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever and of his kingdom, there will be no end.” But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be since I have no relations with a man?” And the angel said to her in reply, “the Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God.” Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then, the angel departed from her.
Can you imagine what Mary must have thought? She must have been afraid and worried. She must have been unsure of herself. Yet, she knew she had to trust God.
Does the lost world trust God? Does the found world have the courage Mary had to continue our mission? Does the found world help or hinder the lost world in trusting God and continuing His mission?