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"I've been Chosen to Serve God"

"I’ve been Chosen to serve God"
Luke 1:26-38

26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth's pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, 27 to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. 28 Gabriel appeared to her and said, "Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!"
29 Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. 30 "Don't be frightened, Mary," the angel told her, "for God has decided to bless you
31 You will become pregnant and have a son, and you are to name him Jesus. 32 He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. 33 And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!"
34 Mary asked the angel, "But how can I have a baby? I am a virgin."
35 The angel replied, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby born to you will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God.
36 What's more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she's already in her sixth month. 37 For nothing is impossible with God." 38 Mary responded, "I am the Lord's servant, and I am willing to accept whatever he wants. May everything you have said come true." And then the angel left.

Introduction:
One of the greatest passages of scripture is found right here in our lesson today. It is the story of being handpicked by God to do a great work in the earth.
We can learn many things from this lesson today, but the most important thing to remember is that God specializes in doing the impossible.
This lesson is about God moving against all odds to do what he wants done in the earth. It’s also about God using that which is insignificant in the eyes of many, to accomplish his salvific plan for man in the universe.
I’m glad today that we get to re-read this powerful narrative, because hidden within it is a reminder that everyone has significance.
Everyone is somebody! Everyone matters to the Lord. Everyone has a purpose and a plan in the kingdom of God, and Everyone can be used by Him if they so desire to submit themselves and surrender their all for the agenda of God!

There are four points today for our reflection, they are as follows;
1. Mary's Announcement
2. Mary's Anxiety
3. Mary's Assignment
4. Mary's Answer

I. Mary’s Announcement


26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth's pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee,
27 to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David.
28 Gabriel appeared to her and said, "Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!"

Textual Observation:
As we come to this first portion of our text we get to see what happened when God got ready to break into time. He came in an unusual way. God made Himself known through a messenger named Gabriel.
Gabriel was an Angel who served before God. He spoke what God said to speak.
He went where God said to go.

He did whatever the Lord commanded him to do.
1. The first thing we see is that God choose and unlikely place to pick himself a servant. (Nazareth in Galilee)
2. The second thing we see is that he selects for himself an unlikely choice for a vessel to carry His Son.

This text gives me a picture of the kind of person that the Lord delights in using in the earth.
The biblical record often times reveals people who had no stature, power, position, fame or any special characteristics to show that God can use those who nobody else would think of using.

In fact, one could say, that whenever God is up to something in the earth his preference are the candidates, that everyone else has written off. (That’s how you know it’s the Lord.)

This text is an example: Mary was poor, Mary was uneducated, Mary was ostracized by society and she lived in a little poor town called Nazareth that did not have a good reputation.
But what's good about her selection is that God kept his word. The O.T promised that God was going to bless the world through the family of Abraham. Joseph, Mary’s fiancé was a descendant of King David, who was a descendant of Abraham. (from Abraham to Jesus there was 42 generations) God did what he said he was going to do.

He was coming into the world through Abraham’s blood line. By Joseph’s lineage, Jesus would be the son of David, “Messiah for mankind”.
28 Gabriel appeared to her and said, "Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!"

Note:
• When God chose Mary, she found favor in the eyes of the Lord.
• When God chose Mary, she received Grace from God
• When God called Mary, she was encouraged to trust in the Lord because God was with her.

Application:
• God can use the poor people in the earth
• God can use the nobody’s in this world
• God can use the person with no H.S diploma
• God can use the one without a college degree
• God can use the one that nobody else believes will amount to anything
• When God calls them, they have the favor of God on their lives
• When God calls them, they have all of heaven on their side
• When God calls them, they can do anything that the Lord asks of them, because they are working for Him in the earth.
• When the time was right God came down to save mankind.
• To have the favor of the Lord upon your life, is to be positioned for greatness, and destined for history!

Question:
Is there anybody here today, that knows the Lord has a plan for your life.
Is there anybody here, that knows that the Lord can use any man, in any place at any time and in condition?
Is there anybody here today that can say, if it had not been for the Lord on my side, I wouldn't have what I have today, and I wouldn't be who I am...
I am favored by the Lord!

II. Mary’s Anxiety


29 Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean.
30 "Don't be frightened, Mary," the angel told her, "for God has decided to bless you!

Note:
When we arrive at this text we get to see the divine interview of the Angel and the Lords daughter (Mary)

The first thing that the Angel does is try to deal with Mary's fear. Why?
• Because the call of God is a frightening thing. It completely catches you off guard, and it always alarms you.
• Mary was disturbed because the messenger Gabriel appeared to her, and Mary was alarmed because the Angel gave her the word of the Lord.
• Mary never thought of herself as having favor from the Lord
• Mary never thought of herself as being blessed/favored among all women.

Note:
She was poor, from the streets of Nazareth, had no money, no education, or political power.
She was teen ager struggling like everyone else, and now she finds out “The Lord is on her side”.
Like any other teenager, she does not have a clue what this means!
However, the Angel Gabriel comforts her with the charge that she is not to be afraid, because God has decided to “Bless her”.

Application:
Somebody here today may be terribly afraid and uncomfortable with the call of God upon your life to serve him in the earth...
I stopped by to tell you, that every time there is a call, there is also a call of comfort to accompany the call to serve.
God always comforts those who trust in him and reminds them to not be afraid of what it is that he has called you to do.
Where and when God calls he also provides for the one he has called.
"God is going to bless you, the Angel said to Mary."
Mary did not have to be anxious or afraid because God had a plan for her life.
Mary did not have to be worried about what all this meant, because God was in full control, and HE had all the details of her assignment work out.

Note:
Mary was anxious because she had never been before! Mary was anxious because this was new to her! Mary was anxious because God was speaking, and the Angel was evidence that this was real!
Mary was anxious because God was moving and she was included in his plans.

Application:
If you are here today and God has included you in his plans, you are blessed.
If you are here today and God is doing something new with you in mind, you are blessed.
If you are here today and God is thinking of you, including you and speaking to you, consider yourself highly favored, because the Lord is on your side.
There's no greater place to be than in the center of the Lords will! Stay right there and experience God like you never have before!

III. Mary’s Assignment


31 You will become pregnant and have a son, and you are to name him Jesus.
32 He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David.
33 And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!"

Note:
When we come to this portion of the text, according to Mary’s assignment, Mary’s life would have to change, and God was going to do something in her world that she was not prepared for! He was going to invade her life and completely take over!
• Mary was going to change from being a virgin to carrying inside of her the God of the Universe.
• Mary was going to change from being an ordinary teenager to the mother of her savior.
• Mary was going to change from being a nobody to the greatest woman ever lived.
• Mary was going to become a partner with God in redeeming a lost and dying world.
• She was bringing in the world the lamb of God!
• Her child was destined for greatness before He was ever born.
• Mary was God’s servant with a big assignment.

Application:

• Just like Mary we who have named the name of Jesus have been given an assignment also.
• We too have the privilege to partner with God in the earth.
• We too have the responsibility to do something bigger than ourselves in the earth.
• We too have been given the joy to carry Jesus with us everywhere we go.
• We too have been chosen to carry the word of God to places where it has never been.
• We too are called to be filled with the Spirit, just like Mary, and deliver his word to those that will hear!

Observation:
Because of her assignment, Mary would have to change everything about herself.
What she ate, what she wore, what she thought, where she slept, how she slept, how she walked, how she talked. She would be pregnant soon!
This change was going to alter her perspective on the things of God!
This change was going to position her in God in a place where she had never been before.
This change was going to be visible, powerful, life changing and be forever!
Mary would no longer be the same after the Lord moved inside of her life.

Observation:
Can I tell you today that what happened to Mary should be desired by all of us!
We should want the Lord to move in us in such a way, that people see a physical change.
We should desire for the lord to possess our bodies in such a way that people know we are not the same!
We should be ready to be fully in-dwelt by his spirit, under the control of his holy life... led by him, taught by him, filled by him and empowered by him to do what he wants, when he wants, what he wants and where he wants.
We ought to all desire to be like Mary!

IV. Mary’s Answer

34 Mary asked the angel, "But how can I have a baby? I am a virgin."
35 The angel replied, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby born to you will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God.
36 What's more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she's already in her sixth month.
37 For nothing is impossible with God."
38 Mary responded, "I am the Lord's servant, and I am willing to accept whatever he wants. May everything you have said come true." And then the angel left.

Note:
When we come to this portion of the text we discover that after Gabriel convinced Mary of what the Lord's will for her life was, her answer was remarkable.

Mary says with confidence and with absolute assurance the following things...
A. I am the Servant of the Lord. (She accepts her assignment)
B. I am willing to do what God wants. (She is all in for the plan of God)
C. May the word and will of the Lord come true. (She hoped in the prophecy of God)
Mary was now a youth on a mission for God!
She was sold out in every way.
Her mind was made up and her heart was fixed on serving the Lord in the earth.
She was focused and had now found her purpose for living.

Application:
• Mary is a good example for some of us who are on the fence about serving God in the earth.
• We should take our cues from Mary, and have a made-up mind.
• We should take our cues from Mary and have our heart fixed about serving Christ.
• We should take our cues from Mary and embrace the highest call in the universe...to work and live for the Lord.
• [A great author once said, "if God called you to be a missionary, don't stoop to be a king"]
• Because Mary, was willing to be filled by God, and willing to be in-dwelled by God, she embraced the challenge, said yes to the difficulty, held up the uncomfortableness and the awkward assignment to carry the Savior!

Note:
When get convinced that God has a plan for us, then we too we get bold, get ready, get excited, get filled, get positioned and get prepared to do and be all that the Lord has called and positioned us to be.

I think what the church needs now more than ever, is a little Mary in all of our hearts today!
We need and attitude like this that says, Lord I am ready to be and do whatever you tell me to be and do lord.
We need a little Mary in us, so that we can embrace living our lives for the will and pleasure of the Lord.
Mary had given up herself totally to be used by God!
She didn't question his word!
She didn't question his purpose!
She didn't question his selection, but rather she submitted to the will of the father to be used for his glory!

Conclusion:
I got to leave you now, but I can't leave you without telling why I think Mary answered the way that she did!
She answered in this manner because the Lord chose her first!
When Gabriel told, her she had been chosen by God, she chose God back!
Her response was an act of praise and gratitude!
Observation:
I heard the other day, that she wasn't the only one who responded like this after being chose by God....
"Moses the murderer responded the same way... Samson the hot head, responded the same way...
Joshua the liar, responded the same way...
Job the complainer, responded the same way...
Joseph the braggart, responded the same way...
Abraham the coward, responded the same way...
David the adulterer, responded the same way.... Rahab the prostitute, and Gideon the gutless, responded the same way...
And don't forget Peter the betrayer, and Paul the Persecutor both responded the same way...
They all chose the Lord after the Lord First Chose them....

Note:
When God chooses a person for his special service, no matter who they are and what they have done...the proper response is to choose him back!
When I survey the old rugged cross, and what the Lord has done for me...I see him choosing "Mattie Richardson's Baby boy" in spite of my Issues....And I choose him Back!
The Lord is my choice...His ministry is for me!
I choose Jesus to be my savior!
I choose Jesus to take away my sins!
I choose Jesus, to take my penalty of transgression!
I choose Jesus as my Lamb of God!
I choose Jesus to save my soul from Hell!
I choose Jesus to go into the grave and remove deaths hold on me!
I choose Jesus to conquer sin in my life, and resurrect me from the dead!
Why? Because he has a proven track record of being victorious when I need him to be!
He already got victory on the cross!
He already got victory over the grave!
He already got victory over the devil!
He already has been crowned the king of Kings and the Lord of Lords!
And Now..."Victory is mine, Victory is mine, Victory today is mine, because I choose Jesus nothing can have power over me and or control me, because I am his and He is mine!
Amen! Thank you Lord for choosing me!

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