“And Mary said, ‘Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.’ And the angel departed from her.” Luke 1:38 (ESV)

I cried through a video at our Christmas Eve service! Well, I didn’t just cry, I sobbed and had to put my hand over my mouth to subdue the gasps I was making. For the first time in my life I saw Mary, Jesus’ mom. For whatever reason, I had never really appreciated what she did, and why the Lord had chosen her. As I sat in this service, with tears flowing down my face, the Lord released a revelation upon me about her! Btw, I really do not cry a whole lot, so this was an exhausting experience for me!

Here was this young teenager, chosen by God, to partner with Him to bring forth the His Son! Why Mary? I believe it was because she was pure, totally devoted, and willing! Get this, God needed a human to become a vessel for His glory. The cost was going to be huge for her. It would mean being misunderstood, rejected by family, friends and possibly her fiancée. Then of course, the whole journey to Bethlehem being very pregnant and obviously extremely uncomfortable. And then only to be greeted by an overcrowded city with no private space to bring the Savior into the world. She was given a lowly, non-sterile stable/cave to give birth to the King of Kings! And Simeon prophesied over her that this Son would rend her soul, that is, piercing it as with a sword (Luke 2:35). Her life was going to be painful, on run almost as a fugitive, and she protected her child. Yet again she understood what she’d been entrusted with was God’s own Son, whom the Father deeply loved and would watch over. She had to trust, and learn to trust Him more! At some point she became a widow, a single mom, in a very male dominated culture. Meanwhile, none of Jesus’ brothers and sisters believed He was the Messiah, but as far as we know, Mary never waned in her faith. Mary carried this knowledge on her own all the way till her Son had indeed risen from the dead! 

God looked for someone to do something divine and He found Mary! The length He would go to provide a way back for us humans to have relationship with Him, but couldn’t do it without a human! And He couldn’t just choose anyone! As revealed in the Old Testament, His eyes search the land for hearts that are completely devoted to Him (2 Chronicles 16:9).

Here’s the powerful truth, He still looks for individuals who will be vessels for Him in this world, in this hour! Mary represents what and who He is looking for. Like Mary, He still desires hearts that are pure, devoted and willing!!! Will you be one of them? It may cost you everything. Your friends might cancel you, your family might reject you and your world might hate you. Are you willing to pay that price to carry His purpose in this generation?

This Christmas week, take a few moments and thank the Father for choosing to partner with humans to accomplish His purposes. Tell Him you are willing to be one of those vessels. Declare to the Lord that you are willing to be a Mary in this day! Ask Him to do whatever is necessary to prepare you to carry Him into 2024. Would you be one who weeps before the Lord because of Who He is, and what He has done?!!!