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You’re Equal to the Task

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23 December 2014

 You’re Equal to the Task

Nazareth was a small and insignificant agricultural village in the time of Jesus. It had no trade routes, was of little economic importance and was never mentioned in the Old Testament or other ancient texts. This friends, was a poor community. Therefore, it is no surprise when we hear Nathaniel say! Can any good come out of there (John1:46). Even the wise men from the East stopped following the star when they were near Jerusalem because the star was leading them to Nazareth instead of to Herod’s palace. In their mind a king can only be born in the palace.

But the portion of story we have read about Jesus birth tells us that we must never judge others or ourselves by merely human outward appearances. Mary a humble girl is going to give birth to a Son who is going to be great. God does the reverse. He has His Son born from an ordinary woman. It is not easy for Herod to comprehend that a Son who is going to be king is not born by his wife. He therefore had to kill all children less than two years within the vicinity of Bethlehem.

Yet, it is out of this underprivileged community that angel Gabriel would visit a young girl who most likely was poor, obscure and waiting to be married and have many children and hope that in her old age or ill health her children will provide and care for her. Most of us here can identify with Nazareth and Mary’s script. It is similar to our situation. Like Mary we are asking how my story can change so dramatically.   Many of us have stopped dreaming for a better future. We have stopped thinking that anything good can come out of our community. To some of us our situation is desperately hopeless that even if angel Gabriel came and spoke a word of hope we would not recognize him or accept it. 

If you’re in that situation where you’re looking at what you don’t have. You saying to yourself how can my life change when I have no education, no money, I have no job, I have no mother and I have no father. All you looking at are your limitations and what you don’t have.  I want you to walk with me and see how Mary helps us with her response. Mary has no husband and is being told that she is going to have a baby. She does not look at what she does not have but she has faith in who is doing the talking. And her response is “I am the Lord’s servant, May it be to me as you have said.” This attitude is one that all of us should have toward the grace of God.  An attitude that says who am I that you should be mindful of me, and that you care of me (Psalm 8:4).

Mary was young, poor and female with all appearances that to the people of her day would make her seem unusable by God for any major task. But God chose Mary for one of the most important acts of obedience He has ever asked of any one. You may feel that your ability, experience or education makes you an unlikely candidate for God’s service. Don’t limit God’s choice. He can use you if you will be available to Him? Jesus came because he had confidence in you. Will you trust Him to use you for an extraordinary task?

Extract of Message Preached at Apostolic Faith Mission Church, George Complex Lusaka, Zambia - 21/12/14 Lawrence Temfwe