Thursday, December 28 – Luke 1:38
And Mary said, “Behold, the Lord’s bond-servant; may it be done to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
After meeting a new person, we often ask questions like, “What do you do?” or “Where are you from?” We ask these kinds of questions to get at one bigger question: “Who are you?” Our identity is the core of who we are. It informs the way we respond to things, guides our decision-making, and even affects who we befriend. People seek their identity in many things, but true identity is only found in relationship with our Maker.
Mary’s perceived identity was threatened when she was told that she would become pregnant, even though she was a virgin. If her identity was in being a good person, she would have protested at the thought of being put to public shame. If her identity was in the opinion of others, she would’ve been crushed by their judgment. Yet, Mary declared her identity as a servant of the Lord. This made it possible for her to take on this task with joy instead of sorrow or disbelief. When our identity is in Christ, our whole perspective changes. We are no longer shaken to our core when the circumstances around us change. We don’t have to fear our future or what others might think because our hope and security is in Him. Going into a new year may be nerve-wracking with many unknowns, but when your identity is in Christ, you can say with David in Psalm 62:1-2, “My soul waits in silence for God alone; from Him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I will not be greatly shaken.”
- What are some things you have put your identity in? How has that affected you positively or negatively?
- What would it look like to put your identity in Christ? How would that affect the way you deal with hardships in life?
- Pray and thank God for being your stronghold in every moment.