Updated: Jan 12, 2022
Yeah, I think she knew and so did Joseph.
One of the most beautiful modern Christmas songs ever written is, “Mary Did You Know?” This young girl, and that she was, probably only about 14 years of age, willingly said to the angel, “I am the Lord’s servant…” Luke 1:38
We are told that “Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Luke 2:19 Indeed Mary did have a lot to ponder. As Jesus’ mother, Mary had no doubt seen remarkable qualities and characteristics in Jesus as he developed. I’m sure she had observed closely as her child grew, just as any mother would, watching him learn to walk and talk. And yet, he was no common child. She had been visited by an angel and so had her espoused husband, Joseph, a carpenter. This was an unremarkable couple who, when fully surrendered to God’s will that they become Jesus’ parents, became remarkable. We aren’t told much else about them except that when they found him in Jerusalem in the temple at age 12, people were astounded by his knowledge and his questions. No, this child was phenomenal. His parents knew that even before his birth. Yet at the foot of the cross the soul wrenching grief that Mary must have felt, that any mother would feel as she watched her son die, may still have somehow held a supernatural hope and peace that she didn’t understand. She knew this couldn’t be the end. What she probably didn’t know or couldn’t comprehend was the extent of his mission, that he would indeed save the world, that he is King of Kings and Lord of all!
God uses the unremarkable to become remarkable.
He chose an unwed young girl to be Jesus’ mother.
He chose Joseph, a carpenter, to be Jesus’ earthly father.
He used a wedding celebration to set the stage for beginning Jesus’ 3 year ministry. John 2:1-11
He used Jesus spittle to heal the blind man. John 9:6
He used a woman, Rahab, to assist the Israelite spies. Joshua 2
He used a beautiful young girl named Esther to save her people from slaughter.
He used a man, Moses, who stuttered and stammered to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. Exodus 4:10-13
He used a shepherd boy, David, to slay Goliath and become king.
He used another shepherd boy, Joseph, to lead Egypt and the surrounding area through a great famine.
He used a boy’s simple little lunch to feed 5000. Matthew 14:13-21
He chose fishermen to be Jesus’ best friends. Matthew 4:19
He used a rod to part the Red Sea, to bring forth water from a rock and to gain victory over their enemies.
The list is endless….
But besides being ordinary, everything and everyone God uses has another commonality. They all, even Jesus, totally surrendered their will to God’s will. Moses had to lay down the rod before God used it. Exodus 4:3 We simply don’t need anything else to be used of God.
What do you have in your hands? You may not think it is much at all but Friend, whatever you have is more than enough if you surrender it. You lack nothing if what you already have is fully and willingly laid down at the Master’s feet.
Often we think we are lacking that one vital ingredient to make a plan work. If only I had this or that, then I’d see results. God doesn’t need our help. He is asking just one thing of us-our complete surrender. Do you understand how powerful that is? God is seeking those who will lay down everything and trust him. That’s the one vital ingredient you must have. Once we do that we can be used in a mighty way.
“The eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that he may strongly support those whose heart is completely his.” 2 Chronicles 16:9.
OK fellow seniors, you may feel discouraged thinking your life has been and is very ordinary, very unremarkable in every way. You may even feel that it is too late for you but…
Moses was 80 when God told him to lead the people out of Egypt.
Aaron was 83.
Abraham was 100 and Sarah was 90 when she had Isaac.
Joshua was 60 or more when he was appointed to lead the Israelites.
Caleb was likely about 80 when he finally entered the Promised Land.
Gideon died at a “very old age” and he had ruled the Israelites for 40 years-you do the math.
A life lived in surrender to God is never ordinary! The impact is eternal! Give him whatever you have in your hands right now because that is enough. Remember the stable was more than enough. Look into the manger and you will find El Shaddai, more than enough!
And when we finally truly begin to comprehend how God turns unremarkable to remarkable through complete surrender we will see the big, the bold, and the beautiful accomplished in our lives for his glory!