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Monday, December 28, 2015

Be a Willing, Joyful Servant

           Have you had your JOY JUICE today?  Hope you gave and received plenty as Christmas gifts this year!

            Looking back over the biblical account of Jesus’ birth, we can find many lessons that should be applied all year through.  Look at Mary, the mother of Jesus.

            When Mary was approached by the angel in Luke 1, she was frightened and puzzled.  But the angel said, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.  You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.”(v 30)

            Do you remember how Mary responded? “I am the Lords’ servant. May it be to me as you have said.”  I wonder how many of us would have responded this way.  Most likely many of us would have argued with God…because this didn’t make sense.  Mary was chosen because God knew she was a willing servant.

            My Bible footnote explains: Mary was young, poor, female—all characteristics that to the people of her day, would make her seem unusable by God for any major task.  But God chose Mary for one of the most important acts of obedience he has ever demanded of anyone.  You may feel that your ability, experience, or education makes you an unlikely candidate for God’s service. Don’t limit God’s choices.  He can use you if you trust him.

            Lessons learned from Mary’s example:
·         God’s best servants are often ordinary people who are available to him.
·         God’s plans involve extraordinary events in ordinary people’s lives.
·         A person’s character is revealed by his or her response to the unexpected.

Drink your Joy Juice so that God can turn the ordinary into something extraordinary for Him.

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