Let Everything Happen To Me
In Luke 1, the angel of the Lord proposes to Mary. Will you birth the savior of the world? Mary answers, “Be it unto me according to your word, oh Lord.” The NLT says, “Let everything happen to me just as you have said.”
Only time would tell just what that meant. ‘Let everything happen to me’
Many of us have responded in the exact same way. “Yes, Lord, I will follow you. Please use me for your purpose.” With this agreement, we release persecution upon our life that would not be there if we would have said, “No, Lord, I won’t follow you.”
Mary faced the physical pains of the natural birthing process. She also unleashed the wrath of a society that believed she was in sin for conceiving a baby out of wedlock. After this waned, she faced the struggle of her adult son traveling the region preaching, teaching with no home and no means of survival. He eventually is tortured and sacrificed on the cross in front of her face. Her own son.
“Be it unto me” threw heavy punches to the young nazarite virgin.
Many of us have been impregnated with the purpose of God and He is wanting us to give birth to ministry that will further his Kingdom. As we carry that ministry to term and then live with it in adulthood, it takes a toll. We look for solutions to deal with the wounds and the pressure. Since Mary’s solution was her baby (Jesus), we are tempted to think that our solution is our baby (our ministry). Therefore, when struggle comes, we work harder. We try to catch people that leave us. We think one more service, one more sermon, one more encouraging word and one more conversion will help our hurt. When this happens we continue to dig ourselves into a hole that we can never get out of. If we are looking to ministry to heal our hurt, then we will always hurt.
The mission field is inexhaustible. There is always one more Sunday to plan for. There is always one more sinner to save. We chase joy forever, if we think it is found in the grasp of our ministry.
We do not find our hope in the birth of our ministry or our work. We find our hope in Mary’s baby. Jesus was born once and it was enough for eternity.
Personal connection with Jesus is the only way we will find healing for our ministry wounds. We will continue to chase after sinners, hunt down demons, plan weekends, and get really creative with technique. However, we will stop the rat race of thinking that heals us.
Jesus, you are our source. You are our source for help and healing.
Posted on December 12, 2012, in Daily Word and tagged be it unto me, christmas, healing, luke 1:38, ministry. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.
And through this birth of our Savior we were given a true meaning of light. The heavens sent a star that glowed so bright to introduce The True Light of our world then and now. For when we fear or are being tempted or plagued by Satan we only need to call on Jesus and He will light up the darkness. Our faith restored and strength given back as He defeats the devil back into darkness.When we react as “What Would Jesus Do” things clear up and make more sense so we can make better decisions that God Would want us to make. for our Faith would be in the light of the World here on earth and in Heaven .
That’s a beautiful comparison.
It’s so good that in God’s wisdom He doesn’t allow us to see everything that saying “Yes” will require of us.
I think Mary says she is help in Gods time for a savior to be born for us. God has given us a gift thru Jesus so what would be better than to return the gift in being help for God. A day here can be seconds in Gods time so why worry bout a day when it is just like a blink of an eye to him. A day here in Gods time is only the time needed here to say wake up. Time was created to get us to think this needs to be done so we end up worrying of the time. I once in awhile say this was supposed to happen at this time or if it doesnt happen then I would say it was suppoesed to. Evils way is to get you to fear. When you worry it draws fear to give or take pain from another who worries. God is not pain, he is Love !!!!