Posted by Craig Borlase on 11 December 2017

Hark The Herald devotional

Angels in the sky. The birth of a new king. Gifts and glory and the promise of a new hope for mankind. The birth of Jesus had it all. Including the disturbing fact that Jesus was born into poverty.

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‘The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’ 

[1 Samuel 16:7]

Thought:

We read in Luke 2:22-24 that when Mary and Joseph took Jesus to the temple to be consecrated, they couldn’t afford to sacrifice a lamb. Instead they had to choose the pound shop offering of a “pair of doves or two young pigeons”.

Couldn’t God have chosen a more suitable couple? if you were handing over your child to be brought up by someone else, wouldn’t you at least make sure they were financially secure?

Thankfully God doesn’t judge the same way that we do. He’s not fooled by our outward swagger and He’s not impressed by our notions of success. What He looks for is the desire to say Yes to Him.

And that’s what he found in Mary.

In spite of the scandal, in spite of her poverty, in spite of her having to risk everything, she still said Yes to God.

The uncomfortable truth about this Christian life we’re traveling is that all of us are broken and none of us are overqualified for the work that God would involve us in. And yet all of us are invited. When it comes to the work of God, everybody gets to play.

Invitation:

Are you saying Yes to what God is inviting you into? Perhaps, like Mary, you feel unqualified. Good. Perhaps, like Mary, you’re in over your head. Good. Perhaps, like Mary, all you can do is say Yes and trust that God will handle the rest. That’s the best place any of us can be.

Prayer:

Father God, thank you that you invite me in to serve. Save me from thinking that I can get by without you. I want to rely on you and you alone. Lead me wherever you would have me go. Amen.

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