What does it mean to serve the Lord? Have you ever really thought about that? Followers of Jesus are told we are to serve Him, but we don’t often think about the details. As we continue our series, The Characters of Christmas, Mary’s story gives us a pretty comprehensive picture. Check this out to see what the picture of serving the Lord looks like.
The Life of a Servant
So, last week we looked at the story of Gabriel’s announcement to Zechariah that his barren wife would conceive and give birth to a son. In this, we saw that God’s promises are not fulfilled solely by the boldly miraculous or the faith superheroes, but instead, are made manifest when God moves in the lives of people very much like you and me. I have to think that the story of Zechariah’s encounter with Gabriel in the Temple would have spread pretty quickly. I mean, as far as we know, God had not spoken in a public way to His people in about 400 years at that point. Let’s be honest: We have trouble imagining 400 years period. Four hundred years is just about how long there have been permanent, successful colonies of Europeans in North America. Jamestown isn’t that far from here. You can go up to Williamsburg and see the remnants of that very first settlement in 1607. It’s a pretty neat museum and recreation.Read the rest