Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.”
One of the greatest examples Scripture gives us of being faithfully obedient to God’s will comes from a teenage girl who is soon to be married. Not only is she asked to do something with no details on what will happen with the rest of her life, she is willing to risk everything her future holds at the time.
In the Jewish culture, Mary lived in, being known as a virgin by the man you are getting ready to marry and ending up pregnant was a big deal. Not only did he have every reason to cancel the wedding, Mary would have been known as an outcast in the community she lived in. We all know the story of the woman who the crowd wanted to stone because she was caught in the act of adultery. Mary would have likely faced the same consequences the crowd wanted the woman caught in the act of unfaithfulness to receive.
In today’s world, it’s hard enough to get grown men to read their Bible on a regular basis, let alone be faithful to a calling as important as Mary was willing to follow. I think there are times we get so caught up in being the man of the house and the spiritual leader of the family, we forget what following Jesus actually entails.
Following God isn’t always comfortable. There are many times we receive a calling without promises of results or outcomes. The question is, do you trust God or not? Are you willing to follow wherever He wants to take you, or do you simply want things to be easy? Are you willing to allow Jesus to change the world you live in through you? Or are you still looking for a faithful leader to set the example?