“Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” Luke 1:45 (niv)
As a child, I pictured Jesus’ mother as sweet, gentle, caring—nearly perfect. Out of all the women in the world, God picked her, right? She had to be someone special. As I’ve spent more time in God’s Word I’ve discovered she’s special for one reason most of all: Mary believed. In a song from her heart, Mary says:
“My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name.” Luke 1:46–49 (niv)
Mary’s belief was where it should have been: on God. She accepted her role. She thanked God for her mission. And because of her belief generations of people have called her blessed and have thought of her as someone special.
This makes me wonder what things my disbelief causes me to miss out on. Only one woman was chosen to be Jesus’ mother, but God has great missions designed for each of us. We simply need to realize He loves us most of all, His plans are perfect, and we can be part of those plans if we focus not on what we’re lacking but rather on what He’s offering.
FAITH STEP: No one is perfect, yet God wants to do great things through us if we choose to believe Him and follow His plan for us. What has Jesus asked you to do for Him? Are you willing to do it? To be called by God means He sees you as special in His sight. Have faith today to embrace Jesus’ call and His special plan for you.
Written by Tricia Goyer