This week, we complete our online study on The Women of Christmas by Liz Curtis Higgs, with Chapter 8 “Joy of Every Longing Heart.” I hope it has been an opportunity for you to grow closer to our Lord, and that you have enjoyed the study as much as I have.
Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna were ordinary women blessed by God because of his goodness and used by God to accomplish extraordinary things. –Liz Curtis Higgs, The Women of Christmas pg. 192 (emphasis mine)
If that sentence didn’t stop you in your tracks, please read it again.
What do you feel when you read it? I feel hope. I feel freedom. I feel joy.
Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna were ordinary women…
Ordinary women—like you and me. God chose them not because of their experience, but because of their faith.
By our standards, they weren’t the perfect ages, but in God’s plan and for His purpose, they were just the right ages. Age doesn’t matter. Faith does.
… blessed by God because of his goodness…
Because of HIS goodness—not mine.
God isn’t waiting to see if I can be good enough to be useful in His plan because He already knows (and so do I) that I can never be good enough. I can never be perfect. And that’s okay. Because God IS perfection. And He chooses us because of His goodness—not ours.
That, my friends, is freeing! And it moves me to tears. Anyone else?
…and used by God to accomplish extraordinary things.
Ordinary women who were used by God to accomplish extraordinary things.
You (insert your name here)…and me…
Ordinary women who will be used by God to accomplish extraordinary things.
Don’t believe it? Take another look at Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna.
Or read about the woman at the well who took the Good News of Jesus back to her town. (John 4:1-42)
Or Mary Magdalene, to whom Jesus first appeared at the empty tomb. (John 20:1-18)
God can and will use you…if you let Him.
God’s choice…God’s purpose…God’s goodness…God’s plans.
The question is…
When God calls, how will you answer?