Summary: This sermon looks at Mary and the faith she displayed and garners lessons about faith. It ends with a call to faith in action.
The Faith ?Of Mary
Dr. Tim Smith?
Video: Why Is It Me. Why is it me God has asked? It must have been a question with which Mary wrestled. Mary has captured the attention and affection of generations of believers, but more importantly, she caught the attention of God! For she was chosen to become the mother of God’s only son.?
When she was chosen, Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph.?? Mary was perhaps 13 or 14. ?This must have been a wonderful time in life for Mary was making preparations for her wedding day. But the angel’s announcement threw her wedding plans into chaos.?? Suddenly, all those around her, including her own family began to doubt Mary and her faithfulness to Joseph. Where once she was looking forward to marriage, now she is faced with an impending divorce and public disgrace. And according to Old Testament Law the penalty for adultery was death by stoning! However, because Israel was under Roman domination, the Jews did not have the authority to carry out capital punishment. So women were humiliated in public to become an object of shame and scorn. If ever there was a time for faith, this was it.
The one thing which stands out in Mary above all others was her faith. But her faith didn’t start when the angel visited her or when she was confronted by her family and Joseph. It is Mary’s faith to which we look today, so that we might consider our own faith.
First, faith is not age-dependent. Age and maturity have nothing to do with the depth of faith you have. Mary was a barely a teenager when she believed the angel and agreed to carry the child. Many of the heroes of the faith in the Bible had a strong faith in God at an early age. Think of Samuel. God called him when he was but a young boy and he responded with childlike faith. Then there was David who as a teenager defeated Goliath because rather than fixing his eyes on the superior warrior, he saw the presence of the Lord with him. Then there was Daniel who was perhaps only 16 when he and his companions were taken into captivity. Yet, despite their youth, they had such a deep faith in the Lord they were willing to face death rather than worship false gods. ?Faith is not age-dependent! You don’t have to wait until you are old to become a hero of the faith. In fact, age will not guarantee anything at all. Many young people are more mature spiritually and more trusting of God than people decades older than them.
Second, faith leads to God’s presence in your life. The angel said to Mary, “The Lord is with you.” A personal relationship with God is what sets Biblical faith apart from the religions of the world. The writer of Hebrews, in describing faith said:? “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Heb 11:6 That reward is not money or possessions or an easier life but rather the presence of God in your life and the unmitigated joy of being used by God. ??