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A Fulfilling Life

Mac McCarthy

Dec 24, 2023

Bottom Line

A fulfilling life is a faithful life.

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Message Notes
Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary was the mother of Jesus who is called the Messiah.
Matthew 1:16
In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.
Luke 1:26-38

Mary was living a good life.

The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.”
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.”
Then the angel left her.

Luke 1:28-37

God’s invitation radically disrupts Mary’s good life.

Despite all that it will cost her, Mary says YES!

Mary’s life gets disrupted, but it also gets enhanced.

The Risk - Living a trivial life rather than a fulfilling life.

“God is not a trivial God, nor did He create humans for a life of triviality. He has intervened through the person of Jesus Christ who came to restructure your life from the inside out. Now, through faith in Jesus, you can live a God-consumed life in all that you do to the glory of the Father.”
— Jason Lancaster

Bottom Line

A fulfilling life is a faithful life.

Many spend their entire lives climbing a ladder only to find at the top that the ladder has been leaning against the wrong wall.”
— Thomas Merton

Just because we know what the answer should be doesn’t mean it’s true in our lives.

Action Steps

Create some space to prayerfully reflect on the following:

  • Do I truly believe that God is present and at work in my life?
  • Am I really willing to say yes to God’s invitations no matter the cost?
  • Is there anything God has invited me into that I haven’t responded to yet?

Practice: Pray a prayer of availability before entering a new environment this week.