I recently read a passage out of Luke Chapter 1 that really jumped out at me:
“And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.” Luke 1:41-44
The day I read this passage, was the same day that I had received a Voxer message from a very special friend. Hearing her voice made me feel just like Elizabeth when she heard the voice of Mary! No, I’m not pregnant (trusting God’s timing), but here’s the awesome part: hearing my friends voice, was like hearing the voice of Jesus. She was God’s voice to me, in a time when I needed a word of encouragement and prayer.
When I read this passage, I realized for the first time, that although Elizabeth’s baby leaped for joy inside his mamma’s womb at the sound of Mary’s voice, it wasn’t because Mary spoke, or even that she walked into the room: it was JESUS IN HER!
Mary was simply a willing vessel, yielded to God, for such a time as this. Other than the amazing fact that Mary gave birth to the Son of God, how are we any different than her? If we are full of the Holy Spirit, then His power within us brings JOY & HOPE to those around us!
“To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27
Friend, Christ in YOU, the hope of glory! Like the infamous saying goes, “You may be the only Jesus people see!” What do you want Him to look like to the world?
All the dreams we hold in our hearts & walk out in faith, yielded to Jesus, become blessings poured out on the thirstiest of souls, the driest of hearts & the weariest of souls. Friends, WE get to be vessels Jesus can use for His glory! Isn’t that amazing? And oh the responsibility.
“He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?”
No longer can we point to someone else as being the vessel Jesus wants to use:
He wants me & He wants you.
Jesus in me,