• OK (Luke 1.26-38)

    Third Sunday of Advent

    Scripture: Luke 1:26-38

    In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

    Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”

    “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

    The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.”

    “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her.

    There must be a hundred ways to say "OK."

    There's the Decidedly Enthusiastic OK: "I'm totally amped up and ready to roll! Can we start yesterday!"

    We also have the good friend's Reluctant OK: "I'm not sure this is going to work out and I have a hundred unansered questions, but I'm willing to give it a shot if you really want me to. Just let me get my helmet first."

    Good friends also sometimes (thankfully) break out the Cuckoo Bird OK: "Really, I can't believe you just said that out loud, and I'm sure you just need a little less caffeine or a lot more sleep, but that has to be the most ludicrous, half-baked, delusional, pudding-headed thing I've ever heard." 

    There's also the coworker's Passive-Aggressive OK: "I am sure you are wrong and I am right, but I will agree with you anyway just so everyone can see how wrong you are when this whole thing turns into a monumental disaster."

    And we can't forget mom or dad's Exasperated OK: "I dont have the energy to say no anymore so, fine, you win, you can have your friend come over and play even though I'm sure it will lead to hours and hours of mind-numbing noise and a probable trip to the emergency room to remove the legos from my feet when I step on them later tonight."

    What a powerful phrase!  I cannot think of many other two-letter phrases that are so packed with potential meaning.  With two simple letters we can express exasperation or enthusiasm,  cynicism or concern, doubt or delight. In thinking about Christmas, and today about Mary's part in particular, we might ask -- of the hundreds of ways to say "OK" to God's strange request, how did Mary say it?

    Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord!  Let it be to me according to your word.”  (Luke 1.38)

    Thi is no run-of the mill "OK" -- this is an "OK" that is filled with enthusiasm. Certainly Mary had questions, but she knew that if God was involved, she ultimately had nothing to fear. Mary's "OK" was a blessing to all mankind. This young girl's faithful response to a very unexpected request from God reversed the "OK" another virgin spoke to very different, very fallen angel in the garden of Eden. Through Mary's "OK" to God, the incarnation took place, God became flesh and walked among us; he bound our brokenness and healed our wounds. He ultimately wen tto the cross where salvation was bought and delivered to you and me. Thank God for Mary's decidedly enthusiastic "OK".

    She Said “OK”

    Even when the cost was great.

    Obedience to God must be all-inclusive; nothing from the world’s path can be clung to. When we say "OK" to God, we cannot do it tentatively or half-heartedly. Many of us say ok to God but still cling to our old ways, like a captain clinging to the wheel of a sinking ship! Do not cling tightly to the things of this world. When you say OK to God, let it stick. Let it be real. Let it be complete. 

    “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”  (Romans 8.18)

    Even when the outcome was not certain

    The unknown road with God leads to a sure destination. It is vastly superior to the known destination apart from Him. You may not know what dangers lurk around the next corner, but you do know the One you are walking with -- and He will overcome any obstacle if you stay close to Him.

    “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”  (2 Peter 3.9)

    Even when the road was long

    There is no shortcut to glory. There is no microwave in the kitchen of a five-star restaurant. Just as you cannot love in a hurry, you cannot rush God's work in your life.

    “Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.” (Philippians 3.12)

    God said “OK” First

    It was His enthusiastic “OK” that we celebrate at Christmas
    (The incarnation; Emmanuel; God with us).

    It was His enthusiastic “OK” to the cross that paved a permanent path to heaven
    (The stones of that path are immovable and eternal)

    It is His enthusiastic “OK” to you this morning (and every morning)
    that still believes in you, still hopes in you, and still loves you.

    How have you said “OK” to God lately?

     

     
    Blog Category: 
    Downloads: 

    Share this post

    Leave a comment

    Plain text

    • No HTML tags allowed.
    • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
    • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

    About Us

    This blog is written by leaders of SVCC. The people who write here are not perfect or "holier than thou."  They just strive to seek after God with all their hearts.

    We hope that God will speak to you as you read the words He's placed here through the hearts and minds of people who follow after Him.

    Prayer Great Commission tribulation Holy Week Lamp Purity control Goodness Speaking Cost of Discipleship Injustice Trek & Journey Salvation Serving suffering Clothing Judgment Matthew Assumptions Sacrifice Desire Disciple Fails Perseverance Stubborn Persecution Morality Busy Topheth Emptiness Apology Mercy Gender Basket Greed Sanctification Gossip Women's Ministry Blog Ready Trials Expectations Seventy Sevens theodicy Genealogy Neutrality Naughty Backbiting Adultery Family of God Holy Spirit Service Authority Inconvenience Lunatic Judgement Conflict Christology Men trajectory letting go relationship with God Interpretation Desperado Son of Man Danger Original Sin Outcast Discipleship outsiders Worship Bread Dependence Family Daily Bible Reading Bible Study Scripture Memory Jairus Evangelism Atonement Compassion Liar Pornography Savior without Lord stress Happiness Vision Fruit of the Spirit Breath Prayer Not a Fan Education Messiah Angels Ash Wednesday Self Worth Palm Sunday Christ Spirit Walkers God's Word Apocalypse Envy Questions Theophany May Damascus Road Taste and See Sin Doubt Love Never Fails Daniel Easter Father's Business End Times Fornication Obedience Tithes Trek and Journey OK Proverbs Free Samples Understanding Money Satan unpardonable sin Walk on Water Presence of God Moving Mountains Hebrew Names of God tempest Ezekiel Antichrist Lent Narrow Way Gentleness Word of God Lies Truth Family Tree Ancestry victim Santa Depression Confession Worry Rest in the Lord Habits Holiness Physical Need Parenting through Christ Free Will Gehenna Revelation Christmas Dragon Wonders Unclean Miracles Apologetics Sexism joyous thoughts Applause Mary Magdalene The Dukes of Hazzard True Riches Lord Cross Lost Cause Newbigen Murder Hell Mary Be Prepared Christmas Eve Serving God Second Coming John the Baptist unforgivable sin Provision Light Herod Dragon Predestination Part 1 Richonomics Security Parables Poverty Spiritual Support trouble Restore unto me the joy Disappointment Giving Nice Baptism Angel Fire Eye Judas Grace denial Advent Gentiles Empty Tomb Law Blessings Traffic Spiritual Blindness Acceptance Bushel Alabaster Jar Anxiety Materialism Guilty By Reason of Humanity Honesty Faith or Fear Action Christmas Retaliation Spiritual Warfare Wise Men fear Storms Temptation Wealth Tired Healing Betrayal Politics Poser Knowing God exposure wisdom Messages Sheperds Prophecy Restoration Spiritual Need Jim Eliot God the Father Repentance Soil demons Witness Joy God's Timing Nobles Purpose Signs Fruit fo the Spirit Faith victor judging others Childlike Hypocrisy Regeneration Son of God aim Holy Love Shame Kindness Approval Fasting Verdict Watch Evangelicalism Heart Armor Rest Gifts Racism Guests Weary Humility Mission Work Love Forgiveness Foundation Violence Simple Complexity God is in control Social Justice Patience living right Treasure Reward Pooronomics Friendship Daily Bible Readings Exhausted Patient Lust wholehearted