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The Eyes of Mary (3 of 3)
Series: First Person
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• Luke 1:29-30 (NIV)
1. GOD USES PEOPLE WHO WANT TO PLEASE HIM
• Luke 1:46-48 (NIV)
• Matt. 25:21 (NCV)
2. GOD USES PEOPLE WHO ARE WILLING TO PAY THE PRICE
• Luke 1:38 (LB)
We are in a series that I am calling First Person as we are sort of getting inside the hearts and the minds of some of the great Bible heroes to try to feel what they were feeling and think what they were thinking at the time that God used them. Many times when we think of men and women of the Bible we think that they were super talented, that they had this super faith or that they were just brilliant people who God used. But the truth of the matter is, they were just like you and me, ordinary people. It's just that they totally surrendered to an extraordinary God. Now, today, we are going to look through the eyes of Mary. Now I know there is no one on the planet who can really relate to what it was like to carry the Christ child, but I can't even relate to what it was like to be a mom, much less deliver a baby. I felt like I went through a whole lot during the pregnancies and delivery of my four kids, but it was really my wife, of course, who went through all the pain and all the problems. So I have asked my wife if she would put herself in the shoes of Mary so that today we could look through the eyes of Mary, the mother of Jesus.
Whenever I think about it, I still ask myself the question that I've asked myself at least a million times. Of all of the billions of women who have walked this earth, why was I chosen by God to be the mother of His Son?
I was a most unlikely choice. I know He didn't choose me because of my education, because I didn't have any. God certainly didn't choose me because of my wealth because my family was about as poor as you could be. God didn't choose me because of my maturity because I was just a scared, immature teenager. I was just an ordinary girl. Maybe that's why God chose me. Maybe what made me special was that I was so ordinary. I believe another reason God chose me was because I knew I had an extraordinary God and I could trust Him to take an ordinary girl like me and do something through me so extraordinary that the whole world would be blessed through me. I hope that through my story you can see what God can do through ordinary you!
I'm not sure why God chose me, but I'll never forget when He chose me. I had just gone to my room after a long day and I began to think about my wedding that was just a few months away. Every girl dreams about her wedding day and I was no different. I imagined myself in my wedding. All eyes would be on me, especially Joseph's; the man of my dreams.