Advent Day 11: Wholly Yours!

Advent Day 11

Advent Day 11 Reading: Luke 1:26-38

In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever; His kingdom will never end.” “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the Holy One to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.” “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her.

Today’s reading is filled with many topics I could discuss, but before delving into the glorious prophetic fulfillment of God’s purpose and plan for mankind coming into fruition through the birth of Christ, and thus making a way for reconciliation between He and us, at this time I am going to blog about Mary, in regards to her heart response to His grand announcement.

When the fullness of time had come, God sent an angel as His herald to His precious, highly favored, young, Jewish, virgin, handmaiden, Mary, whom He had preordained to be the mother of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.  Can you even imagine?  On a side note, although He won’t be sending an angel again to deliver such a high calling to any of us, He IS still in the business sending ministering angels to beckon us to join Him in His masterful plan of bringing salvation and kingdom reign here on earth.

When this angel appeared to Mary and gave her this amazing message from God Almighty, her response was so short and simple, “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.”  Luke 1:38a Mary responded in faithful obedience to this incredible word that was spoken to her.  From what is mentioned in the scriptures, no questions were asked, no concerns were conveyed, just an amazing, Yes, Lord! Now that is an example of true devotion. Through submitting her plans and entire future to God’s will, no matter how crazy or foolish it sounded or how much ridicule and shame it might incur on her; her faith and love for God manifested in one whole-hearted response of, Yes, Lord!

True devotion expressed through such sacrificial obedience can only be birthed from an intimate love relationship with God.  Once we’ve been  touched with the warmth of the all-encompassing, peace-filled presence of the Father-heart of God, we are ruined. Life as we knew it will never be the same.  Although the scriptures do not specifically tell us that this was the case with Mary; my belief is she did know God in such a way that prompted her to lay her life down in honor of Him by Her willing sacrificial service to Him.

Now that is an example of genuine and faithful, obedient devotion at its best.  Cultivating our love relationship with God is how I believe we come to such a place of humble obedience, which gives us the ability to answer God in a similar manner. Celebrating the advent season, gives us a natural opportunity to to do just that. O’come let us adore Him!

To be wholly Yours with integrity too,

completely, entirely, through and through;

show me how in all I do,

so I can please, and glorify You.

 To worship You, and You alone,

my Lord, my God, my King;

to bow my heart, my will, my thoughts,

to bow my everything.

 To honor You, and to adore,

to serve and love and give;

to You, the Lover of my soul,

who gave His life, to make me whole.

 I’m wholly Yours, heart, soul and mind,

in all I do and say;

I live my life, I choose my ways,

to honor, please, You, everyday.

-Wholly Yours

-The Quilted Poetess 

 

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