Most of us live as if what’s possible is directly correlated to our own means …
Gabriel’s message to Mary was she would conceive and give birth to the expected One. He would be called the Son of the Most High and would be given the throne of his father, David.
Her question to Gabriel was a fair one.
She was betrothed to Joseph, but they were not married yet. They had not known each other intimately. How could she possibly conceive?
We desire to become something more. We want to deepen our relationships. We have a passion to accomplish something, to see something significant happen. We sense opportunities. We dream.
Every natural part of our lives. Temperment. Personal history. Education. Experience. Finances and other resources. Who we know.
We try to live as mere men … without the Holy Spirit, without the Word from on High, without the new nature birthed within.
Yet, more than we know is available to us.
How would Mary conceive? It would not be of man, or the will of man. The presence and power of God’s Spirit would overshadow her and the Word would come to her from above.
Using an egg in Mary’s body, the Son of God was conceived in human form …
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you, the power of the Most High will overshadow you … for no promise of God can fail to be fulfilled.”
It’s the same for us. The breakthrough faith of Christmas creates an extraordinary expectancy. What are the means to experience possibilities? Our means are the Holy Spirit and the Word, mixed with our receptive faith.
We have the opportunity to think and see way beyond ourselves. Our receptive belief is key, yet our highest means come from above.