Intentionally Striving To Be A Godly Women: A Study Of Mary

I felt led to study the life of Mary, the mother of Jesus. I believe this is for the sake that I'm in dire need of a concrete illustration of what it looks like to candidly live for Christ. It's quite plausible that you are too. I talk the talk, but don't consistently walk the walk. The Bible gives us copious examples through Mary of characteristics that a woman of God radiates. I believe that there are some things He wants to highlight to you and I through the gospel, so here we go.
God sent His angel Gabriel to inform Mary of the news that she would give birth to the Messiah. Take a moment here to place yourself in Mary's shoes. Personally, I would have been frightened and angry at this stranger seeking to predict my future for me. No thanks. But Mary, she said, "May everything you have said about me come true." (Luke 1:38) To paraphrase, Mary said "Here I am Lord. I'm available. Take me, I'm Yours." Wow, Mary was obedient to God.

Mary is an ordinary teenager. She was none of the things this world would consider rich, celebrated or extravagant. No, she was quite simply a young plain girl. Sometimes I feel I'm too young or without experience to make a perceivable advance for the Kingdom. I don't have enough social media followers to make an impact on enough people. I don't have enough resources (time+money). Excuse after excuse after excuse and all I am doing is pulling myself away from the masterpiece He has created me to be. But the fact of the matter is that I don't need any of those things. Not one. God  has given me a gift. He has given me (+ you) the wonderful gift of grace. I am graciously accepted by God. That grace is all I need to accept in order to find favor in the Lord's eyes and to be an immeasurable part of His Kingdom.
God used Mary's life in extraordinary ways. Mary didn't need money, fame or Instagram followers in order to give her life to Christ. Her first response to being told that she'd give birth to the Savior of the world was "How will this be?" (Luke 1:34) She felt inadequate and unworthy, but the Lord quickly promised her His strength and His purpose. "The Holy Spirit will come on to you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you." (Luke 1:35) It was right then and there that Mary experienced a complete and total act of surrender. "I am the Lord's servant." (Luke 1:38) Humble Mary brought glory to God by completely magnifying Him in her life. The relationship she had with God is what gave her life significance. This is where she found her identity. This calls to mind the quote said by William Shakespeare, "Though she be but little, she is fierce." Imagine the things Christ could do through you if every day you woke up and declared that you are His, that this day is His and that your life rests in His hands. What if we all lived a life fiercely for God?
Mary's act of worship and praise is what caught my soul on fire while reading Luke 1:46-55. I get all torn up when my plans for the day are altered even the slightest bit. My friends, it is quite realistic that Mary had her life planned out. She was engaged to be married to Joseph. She most likely had plans for when they would have children in the future, what she would do for a living, etc. She probably had it all figured out. (Sound like someone you know?) But, she experienced a drastic change in plans on that day Gabriel visited her. Mary didn't grumble, pout, scream or anything of the sort. She sang a song. She worshiped and praised God. Mary was a woman of the Word. She had scripture memorized in her heart. Her life and her prayers were filled with scripture. May we be people who are so saturated with scripture that we overflow with the Word and apply it to every situation in our lives. I often ask the question, "How do I know what God's purpose is for my life? How do I just know?" Well, if I'd just draw my attention to how Mary knew, I see that the Angel of the Lord told her that the Holy Spirit would come on to her. If you want to know your calling, you must allow the Holy Spirit to fill every part of youYou must surrender.
Thank you God for the example you have given us through Mary. I pray that everything that was said is pleasing to You and I pray that Your Word has been convicting.
Have a blessed day,

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