Leadership Lessons from Luke 1.34-38

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Immediately Mary looks at her own life and questions her ability to give birth. This is true with many leaders in the Kingdom. We wonder if we have what it takes to deliver the vision. Not only does Mary ask how she will be able to get pregnant, she gives a reason she can’t.”…since I am a virgin?”

The beauty of this passage comes in the reply of he angel. “The Holy Spirit will come upon you…” In other words you can’t, but with God nothing will be impossible (verse 37).

God never asks anything of us that is impossible. He equips us with His Spirit and we simply respond in faith. The angel then reassures Mary by mentioning to her that Mary’s relative Elizabeth, in her old age, is in her sixth month! The word impossible does not exist in God’s vocabulary. He gives vision to young and old as well as to those who’ve never had vision before.

And finally, note Mary’s response in verse 38. “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord: let it be to me according to your word.”

Mary sees the connection between faith, servanthood and becoming a leader. As leaders, ready to receive vision, we are to simply trust Jesus. This is accomplished best as we continue to serve and allow the Holy Spirit to empower us.

What has God asked of you that you’ve doubted?

Take a moment to ask the Holy Spirit to make you pregnant with vision.


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