The other day I caught myself whistling a tune that I use to sing as a teenage member of a folk choir. It’s a song by Richard Avery and Don Marsh called “Mary,Mary What You Gonna Call the Baby?” Love this song, because in it several groups of people were on a search for someone.
“Slaves are we, and looking for a master, Why don’t you call him Lord? Shhh- let’s all call him Lord!” The idea of slave and master is repulsive to us this day, but are there not those who are enslaved by their own choices? Are there not those burdened with loads that they were never meant to carry? There is one who is the Master, the great merciful Master who lifts and breaks the chains that keep us bound.
“ We like our sheep need someone to guide us, Why don’t you call him Shepherd? Shhh- let’s all call him Shepherd!” Who wants a lowly shepherd to guide? I do, I do! For in the Great Shepherd’s hands there is safety and protection. The Great Shepherd who left all His other sheep to come find me and place me safely back within His fold.
“ Hungry and poor, we need someone to save us, Why don’t you call him Savior? Shhh- let’s all call him Savior!” Hungry and poor, spiritually starved until the Living Bread of Life came into my life in the person of Jesus Christ. Yes I’ll call Him Savior.
Kings of the world, we seek someone to rule us, Why don’t you call him King? Shhh- let’s all call him King!” The kings of this world are as naught in the light of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Rulership of my life is given unto Him who is worthy of my praise- yes, I’ll call Him King!
“ Mary, Mary, what you gonna name that baby? What you gonna call that holy baby?” The question is left to you- what’s in a name? Well, what are you seeking and by what name do you know Jesus by?
Oh Lord, bless the seekers this day, those who are trying to find their way. May they come to know that whatever they lack for their journey, they shall find it in You. But let us be out there, Your children, those who were once seekers, let us become seekers again. May we not shout ourselves off to those who need to find you. Let us be seeking for them, let us introduce the Savior to them by whatever means we have, for YYour honor and glory Lord we pray – amen