Luke 1:38

Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her.

Imagine what it must have been like for an angel to appear to Mary and tell her that she was about to conceive a child even though it was impossible. Not only that, but her baby was going to be the one to save the world! That is a big deal! Pregnancy is a beautiful thing, but it is uncomfortable too. Having your feet swell, your pants shrink, and your cravings change is not by any means comfortable…but Mary was willing to say yes, no matter the cost. Her identity was that of a servant, and that identity was not limited by circumstance.

What I love about Mary’s posture toward God is that it does not change when things around her do. There have been so many times in my life when I found it really difficult to worship or serve God because of my circumstances. I have let situations in my life determine my willingness to walk in obedience. When things are as I want them, I give God praise. When things are uncomfortable, I act as though God is no longer worthy of praise. However, God doesn’t change when my circumstances do, and Mary lived out that truth.

When she was willing to be uncomfortable as an act of obedience to God, he used her in mighty ways. Far too often we are limited by our comfort, when living outside of our comfort zone allows God to take us farther than we are capable of going on our own. Discomfort changes us because it requires us to keep our eyes fixed upon Jesus, and life is so much better that way! Don’t be limited by your comfort; be willing to allow God to take you further than you’ve ever been!

QUESTION 1. How have your circumstances changed the way you interact with God lately?
QUESTION 2. What comfort zones have limited you in following Jesus?
CHALLENGE: Step out of your circumstances and your comfort zone to give God glory this week.
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