Luke and The Lost
How do you wake up each morning? Do you groan with each snap, crackle and pop of your bones trying to move? Do you say, “Good Lord, it’s morning.” (No smile) or do you say, “Good morning, Lord!” (Smiling with expectation for the day.) Attitude and gratitude have a lot to do with our walk with God. He notices.
God noticed young Mary’s devotion and attitude toward Him and decided (from the beginning of creation) she would carry His Son by His Spirit placed within her. She was a virgin. She had never been (had intercourse) with a man. (These days I feel the need to explain that.) She was beautiful to God! Her beautiful was from the inside out and the outside in. She was created by God for this very task. Imagine being greeted by God’s messenger with, “Good morning!” “You’re beautiful with God’s beauty, beautiful inside and out! God be with you.”
She was also chosen by Joseph, a hard working carpenter, to be his wife. They were engaged to be married. Joseph was descended from David, “the one after God’s own heart”…perhaps for this very day, for God does nothing “last minute” like we do.
Imagine being greeted with, “Good morning, beautiful!” Mary was thoroughly shaken, caught off guard! “God has a surprise for you! Mary is brought to the edge of her emotions then the second part of the mission is foretold, “You will become pregnant and give birth to a son and call his name Jesus.” And it won’t be with Joseph, it will happen by God’s Holy Spirit coming down from heaven to her. God’s Son, who is God, in her.
What would be our response? Have you been given a seemingly impossible mission from God in your lifetimes? I’m sure you have, but was your first response, “Let it be with me just as you say.”? We can say yes to God when He opens our eyes to His vision for us. Mary also said, “Yes, I see it all now: I’m the Lord’s maid, ready to serve.”
Mary did not count the cost of humiliation that would come from the community. She only saw God. And He encourages her with the story of what He did for her cousin, Elizabeth. She sees that nothing, indeed, is impossible with God. Yes, “good morning, beautiful” fits who Mary is well.
Luke 1, The Message
A Virgin Conceives
26-28 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to the Galilean village of Nazareth to a virgin engaged to be married to a man descended from David. His name was Joseph, and the virgin’s name, Mary. Upon entering, Gabriel greeted her:
You’re beautiful with God’s beauty,
Beautiful inside and out!
God be with you.
29-33 She was thoroughly shaken, wondering what was behind a greeting like that. But the angel assured her, “Mary, you have nothing to fear. God has a surprise for you: You will become pregnant and give birth to a son and call his name Jesus.
He will be great,
be called ‘Son of the Highest.’
The Lord God will give him
the throne of his father David;
He will rule Jacob’s house forever—
no end, ever, to his kingdom.”
34 Mary said to the angel, “But how? I’ve never slept with a man.”
35 The angel answered,
The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
the power of the Highest hover over you;
Therefore, the child you bring to birth
will be called Holy, Son of God.
36-38 “And did you know that your cousin Elizabeth conceived a son, old as she is? Everyone called her barren, and here she is six months pregnant! Nothing, you see, is impossible with God.”
And Mary said,
Yes, I see it all now:
I’m the Lord’s maid, ready to serve.
Let it be with me
just as you say.
Then the angel left her.
Dear Heavenly Father,
May we listen well for your “Good morning, I have a surprise for you” and be ready to serve at a moment’s notice. I love you, Lord with all my heart, mind and soul. Thank you for creating us to love, serve, and follow with peace, joy and expectation.
In Jesus Name, Amen