Just a quick thought for today. And it’s a no-brainer, but I thought I’d share it anyway.
Life is busy, time is short and we are servants answerable to God for our use of time. Christmas is work, let’s face it. And work takes time, but as servants of God, we can do the work for His glory.
Mary saw herself as a servant–>a handmaiden of the Lord. “Behold, the handmaiden of the Lord. Be it done to me according to thy word.”
She’s saying, “Yes, Lord. Whatever you want.” She realized that her life, time, things, her body, her everything was at God’s disposal.
And really, that’s how our life should be. Life is made up of time, and how we use our time is really, really important. John Piper wrote a famous book entitled “Don’t Waste Your Life”, which I personally have never read, but the title alone is thought provoking enough. But when we get down to the nitty gritty’s –what does wasting your time and things look like?
Idleness, sloth, meaningless activity, wasting time on social media or watching too much television, or sitting reading too many book. Whatever…you know in your own heart what is “too much” for you.
At the end of the day, we’re going to give an account of how we used our lives as servants of God. Jonathan Edwards had the notion of living each day as though, at the end of it, he would give an account to God for it.
As His servant, ALL of our resources are at His disposal. My time is not my own. My money is not my own. My house, my car, my coffee, my facebook statuses are not my own because I belong to another.
I serve God. I’m his handmaiden, like Mary.
That should change the way I live.
With much love to you all today, as you go live for our Savior,