by Max Lucado
Like Mary, you and I are indwelt by Christ.
Find that hard to believe? How much more did Mary? No one was more surprised by this miracle than she was. And no one more passive than she was. God did everything. Mary didn't volunteer to help. What did she have to offer? She offered no assistance.
And she offered no resistance. Instead she said, "Behold, the bond- slave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word" (Luke 1:38).
Unlike Mary, we tend to assist God, assuming our part is as important as his. Or we resist, thinking we are too bad or too busy. Yet when we assist or resist, we miss God's great grace. We miss out on the reason we were placed on earth-to be so pregnant with heaven's child that he lives through us. To be so full of him that we could say with Paul, "It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me." (Gal. 2:20)
What would that be like? To have a child within is a miracle, but to have Christ within?
To have my voice, but him speaking.
My steps, but Christ leading.
My heart, but his love beating
in me, through me, with me.
What's it like to have Christ on the inside?
To tap his strength when mine expires
or feel the force of heaven's fires
raging, purging wrong desires.
Could Christ become my self entire?
So much him, so little me
That in my eyes it's him they see.
What's it like to a Mary be?
No longer I, but Christ in me.
From Next Door Savior
Copyright (Thomas Nelson, 2003) Max Lucado
"All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him." Matthew 11:27
"The first and most important thing we know about God is that we know nothing about him except what he himself makes known." Heinrich Emil Brunner
"Every revelation of God is a demand, and the way to knowledge of God is by obedience." William Temple
"Revelation consists of the initiative of God, who personally came to meet man, in order to open with him a dialogue of salvation. It was God who began to talk, and it is God who carries it forward." John Paul II
"As prayer is the voice of man to God, so revelation is the voice of God to man." John Henry Newman
"Man cannot cover what God would reveal." Thomas Campbell