Living boldly for Jesus won’t be easy, but it will be worth it. – Michelle Myers

12/12-12/22, we are going to be sharing some valuable lessons for the swHw woman within the story of Jesus’ birth. Though the greatest lesson we can grasp from this story is simply Jesus himself, we pray as we dig a little deeper for leadership and character application that these truths would leave us more in awe of our Savior and this wonderful time of year. Join us in the #swHwapp – download yours on iTunes and Google Play.

But the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.’” – Luke 1:30-31

I know when I think of Mary, my mind usually drifts to the excitement in her assignment from God. What an unbelievable opportunity – to be the mother of God’s son.

But while her assignment was unique and exciting, and Mary is spoken of with great respect and admiration today, it wasn’t like that 2,000 years ago.

Most historians speculate Mary was between 15-16 years old when she gave birth to Jesus. Add in the gossip and chatter that emerged since she wasn’t married. In fact, when she told Joseph, her own fiancé didn’t believe her. Before an angel appeared to him, Joseph had decided to quietly break off the engagement (Matthew 1:19). Then after getting through that initial trial, she had to travel while in labor…and give birth in a stable? Ouch.

Bottom line: ministry assignments come with more hardships than glamour. If you look at someone else’s platform and only see the perks and benefits, know that for every “spotlight” moment you see, there are countless struggles you missed.

I can’t sugar coat this. If you decide to live boldly for Jesus, you better buck up, Buttercup. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it. And just like Mary, even in the midst of difficulty, may our souls magnify the Lord and our spirits rejoice in Him (Luke 1:46).

Going Deeper:

So how do we stay encouraged when times get tough? I love this from Mary’s song:

“From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is his name.” – Luke 1:48b-49

Mary wasn’t focused on the now. Mary was focused on what she knew the Lord would do through her obedience. We must be motivated in the same way. If we wait for applause or approval from the world, it may never come, and we will miss what God has for us.

So don’t worry about today. Know that God never wastes obedience, and even if results don’t come until many generations later, God’s purpose will prevail.

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