Day 12 – Quick Response
On: November 12, 2014   |   By: admin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

“‘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. For no word from God will ever fail.’  ‘I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered. ‘May your word to me be fulfilled.’ Then the angel left her.” [Luke 1:36-38]

The picture?

Day job incident … fashion show due to start in 5 minutes …  audience of 600 seated … water pipe bursts, showering the guests in hot water and creating a mini flood … the great BFC team leaps into action, clears the room, sorts the pipe, tends those soaked, mops up, reseats the audience … show starts just 15 minutes late. Is that quick response or what?! No debating what to do. No leaving it to others. A clear call goes out: “Guys, help”. Everyone jumps – and it’s job done.

If I phone 999, (in the UK) it’s an emergency and I expect a quick response to my call for help. God reached out to teenage Mary with a call for help. “Will you accept my plan for your life?” Fair enough, it was phrased more like a notification of what was going to happen, but what if Mary had responded “On your bike, Gabriel, I’m running my own life, thank you very much!”? Or “Hum, sounds unusual, I need to go and have a think about that one.” We can engage our imaginations as to what might have happened next. As it is, we don’t need to, for Mary, after a few sensible questions, responds with extraordinary clarity, boldness … and speed. The early disciples did likewise, thirty years later, when Jesus called them. They left their nets on the lakeside and followed Him, straight away.

How clearly do you and I hear God’s call on our life? How quickly and decisively do we respond? You may argue that Mary and the disciples were one-off situations at a particular moment in history. But try turning the telescope around the other way. Maybe it BECAME a moment in history BECAUSE they responded so positively. They were prepared to sell out for Jesus – literally. What history changers might we become if we were to offer ourselves so unreservedly? Do I want to live a life of security and pleasure; or one that counts for eternity?

Prayer:

Father God, please open my eyes to see the possibilities if my life were refocused on You and Your Kingdom. Challenge me to reconsider my priorities. Give me ears to hear Your call and a will, like Mary’s, that responds quickly and decisively to follow where You lead. Amen.

May your word to me be fulfilled

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