Spine of a Bible ca. 2001

Luke 1:26-38 NIV

In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth , a town in Galilee, [27] to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph , a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. [28] The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” [29] Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. [30] But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid , Mary; you have found favor with God . [31] You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus . [32] He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High . The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David , [33] and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end .” [34] “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” [35] The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you , and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God . [36] Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. [37] For no word from God will ever fail .” [38] “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

MARY: Chosen Vessel for God’s Highest Purposes

Mary had to know that sooner or later, somebody would be chosen as the vessel of God’s very highest purpose. She must have realized that somebody would be chosen to bring the Messiah into the world, that somebody would be most blessed among all women.
But she couldn’t have known that, from the beginning of time, God had His eye on her as that somebody. He had prepared her for bearing, then rearing, the One who would be the Savior of the world.
This woman of faith responded with alarm when an angel of the Lord told her she had found favor with God and would give birth to the baby Jesus. “How can this be?” she asked. “I’m a virgin!”
A legitimate question!
In short, the messenger answered, “With God, all things are possible. He has chosen you and honored you as the one to give birth to the Son of God.”
And Mary’s response? “I am the Lord’s servant! May everything you have said come true.”
There may be times when we as leaders ask, “How can this be?” or wonder how God could do something through us. But wise leaders will respond the way Mary did: “I am Your servant! May it be as You have said!”

{Excerpted from the Maxwell Leadership Bible, published by Tecarta]

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