The Repurposed Life

Think about the time when you were 14 to 16 years old. What kind of goals, visions and dreams did you have for your adult life? Did you want to be stock broker, a missionary, a wife and a mother staying home with your kids? What were your spiritual goals? Did you have any spiritual goals?

What does your life look like now? Is it what you expected? Or is it completely different than what you envisioned? I am sure your life as well as mine has been repurposed several times. A repurposed life begins with a defining moment where you were going one direction and something happens that changes your course. Depending on the circumstances, unexpected losses, or changes, whether good or bad, you have experienced a repurposed life.

Mary, the mother of Jesus, had a life that was completely different than what she expected as a 14 year old. Perhaps she woke up one morning and was pondering her engagement to Joseph and how much fun it will be to be married to a carpenter. She may have envisioned having lots of kids and living in a community that supported one another. But then her repurposing began.

The angel Gabriel came to visit Mary and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Mary was greatly troubled at his words, (as she should be) and wondered what this greeting meant. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him ‘Jesus.’” Really? A son? His name is Jesus? The conversation goes on as Mary asked the angel, “How can this be since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.” Do you think she understands that her life is being repurposed?

I love Mary’s response. “I am the Lord’s servant. May your word to me be fulfilled.” Mary submitted her will to God and she humbly accepted her calling. She was willing to embrace her newly repurposed life.

Jesus, the son of God, the God/man, is the ultimate repurposer of our lives. When we come to Christ and confess our sins, believe in who Jesus is and commit our life to him, we become a repurposed new creation. As we walk with Christ and we seek his ways, our lives are changed from one degree of glory to another, or should I say, “We are being repurposed from one degree of glory to another.” We can fight the repurposing or we can willingly submit our will to the Lord (have a “Mary Moment”) and respond, “I am the Lord’s servant, May your word to me be fulfilled.”