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Why Humble Obedience Can Change the World

December 21st, 2013 No comments

mary and gabriel

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!

 

Humility & the Voice of God

August 10th, 2011 1 comment

Before we can hear God, we must believe two things to be true: 1] that God actually exists and 2] that He speaks to fallen human beings like us!

Let’s examine the first assumption. If there is no God, there is no overarching “Will” to discover, and no higher “Authority” from whom we may seek wisdom or guidance. Since the godless ignore God, they have no desire to seek any “will” but their own. In the end, we are merely insignificant specks of dust in an altogether meaningless universe.

While some fallen humans actually try to convince themselves that meaninglessness is actually a liberating thing, most of us find this thought repulsive. We all live as if life matters. We look for meaning in every situation. To go through a godless existence would be like a lost, traumatized child frantically running through a shopping mall filled with total strangers, searching desperately for the familiar face of our parent.

For the Christian, life doesn’t need to feel like being lost at the amusement park! The first key to discovering God and His will is to humbly admit that you are a stranger. We find ourselves “alive” on planet earth and we had absolutely nothing to do with it. We didn’t create ourselves or this planet. We have absolutely no idea how things are supposed to work! Yet, when we look around, we see the signs of incredible intelligence and design. So what do we do? We should take some advice from the psalmist who cried out…

I am a stranger in the earth; Do not hide Your commandments from me. (Psalm 119:19, NKJV)

We begin by admitting that we are strangers on planet earth. We need God to show us who we are and how He wants us to live. Humbly make Him your focus and He will direct your life.