Posted by: morgan1965 | December 6, 2012

Advent Women Who Are Making A Difference

The Advent Season is a good time to reflect on two of God’s women who have had an impact on the lives of numerous Christians. God has a way of utilizing the personal resources an individual has in his/her possession. God takes a person and equips that person for the work of ministry and mission. In reality, therefore, no person is lacking when God finishes equipping that person.

God always seems able to take an ordinary person and transform that person into an extraordinary pilgrim disciple. The person becomes extraordinary because of the role that he/she plays in God’s unfolding drama.

Let’s consider two women who were not expecting God’s intervention, but ended up making a difference in God’s Advent drama. The first character is Elizabeth who conceived a son in her old age because it was God’s will. The angel revealed that regarding Elizabeth’s pregnancy, “nothing will be impossible with God” (Luke 1:37). Not only was it thought that Elizabeth was barren, she was a senior citizen. How could she bear a child? This, of course, is a human question, in the midst of divine activity. The truth of the matter is that God is able, and God can do many things.

The second character is Mary, who was Elizabeth’s cousin. Mary, unlike Elizabeth, was of child bearing age. She was able to have a child, but she was not married. When Mary visited Elizabeth, something extraordinary happened. “When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb, And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and exclaimed with a loud cry, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb’.” (Luke 1:41-42)

Elizabeth gave birth to a son whom she named John, rather that Zechariah after his father. He became known as John the Baptist. It became his task to help prepare the way of the Lord, even as his mother had done.

Mary, of course, gave birth to Jesus who was conceived by the Holy Spirit. After the birth, Mary wrapped Jesus in “bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn (Luke 2:7).

This narrative confronts us with a profound question in this Advent Season: Is there a place for Jesus in our heart?

Elizabeth provided a place for God in her life! She allowed the Holy Spirit to work within her and through her.

Mary provided a place for God in her life! She made herself vulnerable to the working of the Holy Spirit in her life. She mothered Jesus.

John the Baptist worked diligently in his ministry to persuade folks to make room for Jesus. He wanted people to change their sinful ways. He said: “Bear fruits worthy of repentance.”

In this Advent Season, we have a fresh opportunity to open our hearts to Jesus, so that God can make us brand new. Yes, God will make you brand spanking new.

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