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Friday, December 24, 2010

Anthony's Christmas Eve Message: Active Passivity

"Be it done to me according to your word"  This is the response to the angel by Mary when confronted with the choice to bear a son. 

Her response, according to Francis Sheaffer, is the essence of the Christian faith.  She was passive, in that she did not exert her own will or demands and she was active in that she was saying "yes" to God's will for her life.

This is the Biblical model from Genesis to Revelation
Abraham said yes to God and left his homeland.
Moses said yes to God and left the palace in Egypt. 
     The disciples said yes to God and left their families. 
     The apostle Paul said yes to God and left a life of prestige and spread the message of Christ.
      And our ultimate example, Jesus Christ, said yes to God when He prayed "Father take this cup from Me...but if not, You will...not mine." 

What about you? 
Consider this, every time you make choice to live for Christ you are saying with Mary, "Be it done to me according to your word." 

This is both beautiful and difficult...but it is the only way to live a life of significance. 
A prayer:  Lord, may 2011 be a year in which I say yes to You.  Not just on one occasion but everyday.  

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