As I sat on my couch tonight, I looked upon a plaque of the Manager Scene. I wondered what Mary was thinking when she heard the news that she would carry the holy Son of God. I know today, even with great hospitals, I would have been terrified. Here she is a single woman, chosen by God, to deliver Jesus the Christ. Mary had to be quite a special woman. She must have been raised with upright parents who took her to the temple often. I know her cousin Elisabeth was married to a priest (Luke 1:5). Mary was engaged to Joseph, at the time, which was of the lineage of David and Judah.
Mary had to be a special woman that was honorable, submissive and virtuous for God to choose her. She didn’t complain when she was told what was going to happen. She only asked “How”? Then, she said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word (Luke 1:38). She knew the Lord, and was willing to be a vessel for him. (We should honor her, but do not worship her!)
Then I see how unworthy of a servant I am. When I try to do the things of God, I end up doing the opposite. When I try to be more humble and kind, I find myself far from it. Then I look at the words of Paul. In Romans he says that, In his flesh dwelleth no good thing. He says that he wants to do good, but that evil is present with him. The more we as Christians strive to be like Christ, Satan hinders us in so many ways. Sometimes there are days when I feel closer to God and feel that I am doing his service. Then there are days when I have to repent, because I know that I messed up. I didn’t act like a Christian should act. We all have been there. Either we got angry at others while driving to work or we said something that we shouldn’t have. Or we neglected our duty as a Christian by not helping someone in need.
While we live in this fleshly body, we cannot be perfect. We can only strive to do what God would have us do. The Bible says Christians will fall many times. There have been days where I just want to give up. I want to find a corner and hide. But I know that is what Satan wants me to do. He wants me to give up the fight. Christians, we are in a battle! We must continue on with the faith and tell others about Jesus. Jesus is the only way to Heaven. Jesus is the only one that can deliver us from this earthly body! So if you are saved, Keep the faith! If you are not a Christian, now is the perfect time to ask Jesus to save you. Turn from your sins and ask Jesus to forgive your sins.
Read what Paul said. Romans 7:18-24- For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?