Two of the details I love about the Christmas story are that we have a young virgin girl, Mary, and we have an elderly couple, Elizabeth and Zacharias, who have never had children because Elizabeth is barren.
Mary is surely too young to possess the special kind of qualities that would merit God’s glorious favor. Much older Elizabeth, surely she was at the point in life that she should have no expectation for God to do something powerful and life changing.
Yet, how does the story unfold? God miraculously blesses young Mary with the birth of Jesus and He blesses much older Elizabeth and Zacharias with the birth of John the Baptist.
What spoke to me as I read these passages this year in Luke 1 is that our age does not matter. We are never too young or too old to experience the work of God in our lives.
I have heard people say, maybe they are too young and I have also heard others say, they think they are too old now. I have even heard some older people say, “Maybe God is finished with me.”
Age is not a qualifier and it does not disqualify us. Age, whether it is young or old, also does not excuse us. Regardless of our age and circumstance, we need to always be open to what God is doing in our lives.
If we are breathing, we are a vessel God can use. What an honor it is that God wants to work in us and through us. From God’s perspective— His desire is for us to surrender our whole life to Him, every aspect and every stage of life.
When God calls us to a work He wants to do in our lives, we should answer yes as Mary did in Luke 1:38. Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.”
God is not looking for someone who is the “right age.” He is looking for someone whose heart has the “right answer” to His call.
For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. Philippians 2:13