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Am I A Joyful Servant

Tuesday, December 09, 2014 View Comments Comments (0)
 And Mary said, "Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word."  And the angel departed from her.  In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.  Luke 1:38-40

I love tis time of the year as we prepare to celebrate the first advent of our Savior and His miraculous incarnation and birth.  There is so much joy in the air that even the most devout atheist feel threatened and are taking to the billboards to get their message out.  However, we know that the joy Jesus brings cannot be thwarted.

As I thought about Christmas joy, Christian joy, I realized the joy of the Lord is not just about my emotions, but it also impacts my motivation for serving Christ.  Yes, Christians face challenges and difficulties but joy continues to motivate our service.  I think about Nehemiah who faced the challenge of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem and in the face of the opposition of his enemies gave this testimony in Nehemiah 8:10, "The joy of the Lord is my strength."

One of the tell-tale signs that you've got the joy of the Lord is your immediate obedience.  I know that you've probably heard the Christmas narrative so many times that it escapes your notice just how much all this was for Mary, the mother of our Lord, to digest.  However, we see that she discerned from this messenger of God, who spoke the Word of God, what the will of God was for her life and she joyfully responds in obedience.

Notice in our text how Mary was eager to embark on this journey of obedience and how she felt that the first thing God was leading her to do was go and connect with her relative Elizabeth.  I know that every time I do what God says to do there is this sense of joy in my heart.  We could learn a lot from Mary and not only decide to do what God is leading us to do, but to also do it with haste.

You might be tempted to align doing something with haste with being hasty.  The word haste in our text is speaks of an earnestness, enthusiasm, a sense of purpose , and an abandonment to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.  What Mary is really showing us is that obedience to the will of God is not a burden, but a privilege.

During this Christmas season we are reminded to resist the urge to think, "If I obey God what am I going to get?"  That's not why we obey God, we obey God because He says, "Obey Me," and it's our privilege to do so.

What is the Lord leading you to do today?  Whatever witness He's told you to share, worship He's told you to offer, prayer He's told you to pray, offering He's told you to give, or service He's told you to render, do it with enthusiasm.  Learn from Mary this Christmas season that joyful people are always quick to obey.

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