Week 6: Confessions of an Unqualified Teenager

Mary (Luke 1:26- 38)

Oh God Almighty,

I am coming before you with an overwhelming sense of helplessness. I am so unqualified for what you’ve asked me to do. I am a nobody. What do I know of child-rearing? Am I really supposed to raise this child who is the Savior of the world?

God, there are so many more qualified women than me. More patient, better cooks, more well-spoken, and smarter than me.

How can Joseph and I raise this child? My mother wasn’t perfect, and I see her imperfections in myself. What if I mess up? The angel told me I was highly favored. I certainly couldn’t have done anything to deserve such high praise…I am so ordinary.

My head is still reeling about the fact that I have this child in me in the first place. How? When? What am I going to say to my friends? Relatives? Who will believe me? What if I mess everything up? I don’t want to be responsible for other people. I can barely take care of myself.

What if people laugh at me and doubt my ability? What if they say that they could do a better job? I would probably agree with them!

What a big task I have ahead of me. It seems daunting and impossible. Yet, I feel so small and want to give up.

The Unqualified Teenager

Loving Mary,

You are carrying my most prized possession, my Son. Your willingness to learn and humility make you just right for this job. You don’t claim to know it all, yet you are willing anyways.

I loved my people so much that I promised to send my Son to save them. Without you, that would not happen. You were humble and willing to be used. Even though you were startled and confused, you were humble and ready to be used. You called yourself a servant of the Lord and said, let this happen to me.

This might not seem like much to you, to just say, “OK Lord, I am yours.” But that’s all I ask. Simple words said in the dark with open hands. No music. No crowds. No mountaintop moment is needed.

I will use your simple gifts to my good and gracious will. Do you feel unqualified? You’re right. You are. I am the One who will supply you with everything you need when you need it. You are worried about what others will think, say, act… don’t. My grace will sustain you and give you what you need.

No task I give you is too much for you because I daily sustain you. Every breath you take is a gift from my hand. You don’t even know how many times I have rescued you from death, how often I have kept you from danger. If you only knew all the things I have done for you to even exist today: none of it is by accident.

I have called each one of them by name, including you. You are mine forever.

Your Heavenly Father

(John 15:15, Job 12:10, Job 5:20, 2 Corinthians 12:9, Philippians 4:19)

1) Think about your birth date. To conceive so many, hundreds of things have to be just right. You are no accident. Whatever God has placed in your life right now, He has a plan and a purpose laid out from the very beginning. As you look back, think about the times God has equipped you with each task that comes your way, and remember how he uses all things for good.

2) What are you afraid of doing or feel you might be called but unqualified to do? If not recently, how have you been equipped to get through these feelings in the past?

Read Luke 2:1-21. Think about all the events God orchestrated that were out of Mary’s control so she could give birth to baby Jesus.

Luke 2:1-21 (NIV)

The Birth of Jesus

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.