Gabriel, Jesus, Mary, The Call, the cross

The Cost

You (Mary) will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High God. The Lord God will give him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever; His kingdom will never end (Luke 1:31-33).

Anybody seen an angel lately?

How I wish when trying to make a decision Gabriel would just show up and light the way. How many of us have felt a call from God, but our own fears and failures made us too unsure to follow that call? So we waited. And waited. And… nothing. But if Gabriel showed up, well, that would be another story!

Maybe only a call like Mary’s is prerequisite for an angel. Yet even with an angel in front of her, Mary had a decision to make.

I’m convinced she could’ve told God Himself “no.” But if she had, she would’ve missed the joy and heartache of raising The Son of the Most High God. No call from God comes without a cost.

Would she have accepted the mission if she knew where it was leading? Mary had a long road ahead of her that would eventually lead their family to the foot of a cross.

But the promise had been given. Her son would reign over the house of Jacob forever.

My head is spinning just at the thought of such promise.

Forever is a long time.

Grace and peace,

Question for the day:  What have you done for God that has been both bitter and sweet? Has He given you a promise that keeps you in the game?

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