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Mary's Song: Part 1

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Luke 1:34-35 Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.” The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God.”

Why did God choose Mary over all the women on the planet? Why Mary? It wasn’t because of her education. She had none. It wasn’t because of her wealth. She was a poor peasant girl. It wasn’t because of her maturity.

He chose Mary because she trusted God completely, and she was willing to accept God’s destiny even though it meant hardship, misunderstanding and criticism from everybody who was around her.  

Luke 1:38 Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her.

Why did Mary say yes to her destiny? It was going to be tough. It was going to be misunderstood. It was going to be challenged. Why did Mary say yes in spite of her fears, in spite of her doubts, in spite of her questions? Fortunately, Mary wrote a song. In that song she tells us her  5 reasons for accepting God’s destiny for her life.  

Mary’s song is covered in about ten verses in Luke 1. It’s one of the great pieces of poetry in history. Mary’s song is found in these ten verses.  In this passage, Mary’s song, we find the five reasons why she accepted God’s destiny for her life. They are the same five reasons why we need to accept God’s destiny for our lives.

GOD’S DESTINY FOR MY LIFE IS THE BEST FOR MY LIFE:

Reason #1: Because God made me for his PURPOSE.

You are God’s idea. You are God’s invention. You are God’s innovation. You didn’t create yourself. You were created by God. You are God’s creation. He formed you, God designed you, God crafted you, God constructed you, God built you for his purpose.

That’s your destiny. God never makes anything without a purpose and he made you for his purpose. Who knows more about you than God does?  

Not only did God make you and create you and form you and shape you, God saved you. Because, even though he has a destiny for your life, he doesn’t force you to follow it. And you didn’t (none of us did). And you went off and started following your own way, started doing your own thing, started going after your own plan for your life and you’ve messed up and you’ve sinned. So he not only created you, he sent Jesus to come and die for you, for your sins, and to save you.

This is what Mary says in Luke,

Luke 1:46-47 Mary responded, “Oh, how my soul praises the Lord. How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!

He didn’t just make me. He saved me.

Mary is saying, “I’m not doing this haphazardly. I’m not doing this vision reluctantly. I’m not following God’s plan because I have to. I’m following it eagerly, expectantly, enthusiastically. I’m doing it rejoicing. I’m happy.  This is what I was made for. Now I know this is why I’m here on earth.  This is my purpose and I’m doing this rejoicing. I’m not following God’s plan, hating it the whole time. I’m following God’s plan knowing it’s the best plan for me because it’s what I was made to do.”

When it comes to life planning, even a lot of Christians act like atheists. They accept God for their salvation. But then they think, “I can just go out and plan my life any way I want to.” Really? You think God put you on earth to live for yourself? I don’t think so. Do you think God put you on this planet without a purpose? I don’t think so. Do you think God put you here just to waste your life? I don’t think so. No. God made you for his purpose. And who better to trust with your destiny than the one who made you.  

Application Questions: 

1. How does understnding that you were made by God for God help you accept His destiny for your life? 

2. What can you learn from Mary's atitude toward God's plan, even though she knew it would bring her hardship?