Assignments and Worship

How do you approach the tough assignments? I like a challenge, but at the same time, I’m not real fond of pain, I’m not a fan of housework, and fear of the unknown can sometimes paralyze me. But we see Mary face her unknown future with a heart to obey and worship.

Mary had one intimidating assignment and she met it with worship.

When my children were young I encouraged them to do their chores and school assignments “as unto the Lord” and would throw in a quick paraphrase of Ecclesiastes 9:10 often: “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.” I hoped to teach them to approach daily tasks with an attitude of worship; to make their beds or clean their rooms, not just for the sake of orderliness or character training but to see simple chores as an opportunity to glorify God in the accomplishment of a duty well done.

I think Mary probably approached life that way. We don’t get a glimpse of her before she was invited to carry the Son of the Most High, but . . .

I wonder if she was given such an important assignment because, in some sense, she had a heart to trust and obey in the everyday ordinary stuff.  

Gabriel issues a special greeting as he announces her blessed status as being chosen by God for this role. As such, this young Jewish girl from the small village of Nazareth embarks on a most privileged calling.

[box]And coming in, he said to her, ‘Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.’ But she was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was. The angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus.’ (Luke 1:28-31)[/box]

We didn’t see Mary in her years as a child, but we have some clues in this text that indicate her approach to duty. After Gabriel exits, we see Mary take the long trip to serve her elderly cousin Elizabeth who was in her last trimester of pregnancy (Luke 1:26–56). Most commentators think “the hill country” where Zacharias and Elizabeth lived was probably Hebron, which was no small trip—perhaps 70 miles from Nazareth.

On arriving at her cousin’s, Mary’s response to Elizabeth’s greeting was saturated with Old Testament Scripture and covenant promises from God. This small detail gives us a peek into Mary’s personal life:

Mary loved the Word and knew it by heart. Her response to an extremely challenging assignment was worship and praise using memorized sacred texts.

Today you will have the opportunity to perform several duties. You may feel overwhelmed with some challenging assignments, perhaps face difficult obstacles. Or you may be struggling with the ordinary responsibilities of a “not so exciting” life. Consider each moment as an opportunity to respond in humble worship and praise.

[box]And Mary said, ‘My soul exalts the Lord, And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.’ (Luke 1:46-47)[/box]

What is your response to today’s tough assignments?

Image courtesy of Vichaya Kiatying-Angsulee/


  • Vicki

    I love that Mary was a woman of The Word! It’s so easy to think that she just burst forth in praise for God with words from her heart, but although they certainly were “from her heart,” those words that we call The Magnificat were Old Testament words that she had committed to memory. That challenges me in several different areas, including worship, but also in my prayer life! As I reflect back over this past year, I can see that there is genuine growth in praying God’s Word! I long for that growth to continue into 2015.

    Merry Christmas, Kim! Thanks for your investment into the lives of women.


  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello, Vicki ~

    I’m so glad to hear that you’ve grown in the Word this year! So encouraging to know that! If you haven’t read them, you might want to check out some of the posts here on prayer:

    Praying that you and your loved ones have a Chritmas filled with the awareness of His glorious coming!

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Yes!! That is my desire, too, Tambra! 🙂

    Hope you and your precious family have a wonderful and worship-filled Christmas ~