No Excuse And Tough Mary

December 23, 2020

39 In those days Mary set out and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judah 40 where she entered Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped inside her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 Then she exclaimed with a loud cry: “Blessed are you among women, and your child will be blessed! 43 How could this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For you see, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped for joy inside me. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill what he has spoken to her!”

Luke 1:39-45

Written by Tony Nunn from the Brentwood Campus

When writing a Bible devotional, I read the verses several times, think about them and read commentaries about them. Usually something stands out to me from these verses. In this account of Mary visiting her cousin Elizabeth, the thought “No excuse Mary” stood out in my mind.

Here are some excuses Mary could have had. I’m too young, I’m not married, I’m poor, I’m not educated, Joseph will be embarrassed, my family will be embarrassed, my neighbors will shame me, I don’t know what the future holds, etc. Instead, Mary was tough. She believed the angel and accepted her role in God’s plan.

Amazingly, she then left on an 80-mile journey to visit with her cousin Elizabeth, who was also expecting a child. Why did Mary take this trip? Here are some thoughts. She heard Elizabeth was pregnant too and wanted to seek her advice. She refused to listen to the negative thoughts and accusations of others. She was determined to do God’s will in spite of all the excuses she might have had.

Today in our culture, many in the position of Mary would and could find many reasons to go in another direction contrary to God’s will. It’s obvious, according to the scriptures, that Elizabeth’s baby seemed to recognize Mary and the baby she carried. The words from Elizabeth must have greatly encouraged Mary!

Our leaders at Brentwood are constantly telling us to discover our mission. We are not only saved from our sin, but we, like Mary, are saved to do God’s work in our lives (Ephesians 2:8-10).

Questions to Ask Yourself

  1. When you discover your mission, what will you do? Will you be like “no excuse and tough” Mary?
  2. What is your mission?
  3. On a scale of 1-10 (10 being best), where are you on doing God’s will?
  4. What can you do today to move that number up?

Missions Prayer
Pray for churches in Central Asia today. Pray for steadfastness, courage, dependence on God, and a burden for lost friends and neighbors for all believers in Central Asia.

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