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God does not look at your earthly resume to determine your spiritual worth. –

When you think of Mary, your mind would perhaps drift to the exciting assignment from God. But while Mary is spoken of with great respect and admiration today, it wasn’t like that 2 000 years ago.

We know that Mary was very young in her teens when she gave birth to Jesus. Can you imagine the gossip and chatter that emerged since she wasn’t married? In fact, when she told Joseph, her own fiancé didn’t believe her. Before an angel appeared to him, Joseph had decided to quietly break off the engagement (Matthew 1:19).

Then, after getting through that initial trial, she had to travel while in labour and give birth in a stable – one can only imagine!

No matter what others think about you, God does not look at your earthly resume to determine your spiritual growth.

In that day, being young, poor, and female meant there was nothing about her life that society would deem her “usable” by God. But Mary’s faith was stronger than doubts in her mind and whispers from the crowd.
Ministry assignments often come with more hardships than glamour. If you look at someone else’s platform and only see the perks and benefits, know that for every “spotlight” moment you see, there are countless struggles you missed.

In fact, all Mary really understood was that God had chosen her to serve him and she willingly obeyed. And that was enough.
It is so easy to get caught up in the approval and opinions of others but trust the Lord with your life. It won’t always be easy, but it will always be worth it.

Luke 1: 28–30
Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favoured woman! The Lord is with you!” Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. “Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her,
“for you have found favour with God!”