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Why Humble Obedience Can Change the World

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This is the time of year when finite minds strain under the weight of God’s glory to understand in part what the Incarnation means. God becomes man! How can it be?

Max Lucado helps us to get a tiny glimpse into the magnitude of Christ’s humble obedience as he left heaven’s glory and entered our broken humanity:

“The omnipotent, in one instant, made himself breakable. He who had been spirit became pierceable. He who was larger than the universe became an embryo. And he who sustains the world with a word chose to be dependent upon the nourishment of a young girl. God as a fetus. Holiness sleeping in a womb. The creator of life being created. God was given eyebrows, elbows, two kidneys, and a spleen. He stretched against the walls and floated in the amniotic fluids of his mother” (Lucado, God Came Near, 25-6).

While the humility of Jesus is without comparison, we mustn’t overlook the radical obedience of a terrified teenage girl named, Mary. After a visit from the angel, Gabriel, in which she is informed of God’s plans for her to carry and deliver the Son of God, Mary responds with radical obedience and humility:

Then Mary said, Behold, I am the handmaiden of the Lord; let it be done to me according to what you have said. (Luke 1:38, Amp)

Her acquiescence to this mind-boggling request serves as tangible proof of her faith and love for God. Jesus said, “If you [really] love Me, you will keep (obey) My commands.” ( John 14:15, Amp) Faith and love are always proved by simple obedience to God’s Word.

Mary reminds us of the power of simple devotion to God to help bring about His kingdom purposes in the earth. May we, in a small way, exemplify the same humble obedience to Christ during this amazing Christmas season!


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