Simple Faith – Luke 1:34-38
Reading plan for this week: Luke 1:1-38
34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” 35 And the angel answered her, “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. 36 And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 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 1:34-38)
You know what I love about this passage? I love the simple faith that Mary displayed when told of the great things God would do.
Basically Gabriel told this girl that the Holy Spirit of God would come upon her and supernaturally impregnate her with the Son of God. No small matter.
Not only was it naturally impossible for her to bear a child as a virgin, but her pregnancy would not be seen in a positive light in the community.
See in Mary’s day, communities (especially Jewish communities) were very integrated. You mingled with your community every day. You were intertwined in their lives. There would be no hiding this pregnancy. Not only would she be considered to be an adulteress (she was currently engaged to Joseph), the penalty for adultery was death by stoning.
Mary was willing to identify herself with sinners, so that the purpose of God would be fulfilled.
And yet her response to Gabriel was so simple: “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.”
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I’m guilty of overthinking something that God has asked of me.
I start looking at the downstream affects: “Will there be enough money? Will anyone support me? What will people think?” When I start thinking this way, the result is always confusion, stress, and anxiety.
During those times I need to be reminded of a few things:
- I need to be reminded that all things are possible with God (Matt 19:26).
- I need to be reminded that if He called me, He’ll equip me, empower me, and walk with me (Heb 13:21, Eph 3:16, Matt 28:20).
I need to be reminded of the simple faith that Mary had – “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.”
We can change the world, one life at a time…