The Example of Mary
I have a tradition that I do during the Christmas season. I read a book or two or three about Christmas. This year I’m reading an Advent devotional titled God Is In The Manger written by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Hidden Christmas by Timothy Keller, and Because of Bethlehem by Max Lucado. All are good reads and very insightful. In addition to reading books about Christmas, I also spend time during the Christmas season reading and reflecting on different Bible passages of the Christmas story.
This past week, I spent time reading the story about Mary (Luke 1:26-38) and was convicted by this passage in a way that I never have been before. I found myself wanting to have the faith of Mary. Here is his teenage girl who says yes to God in the most difficult of circumstances. To give birth to Jesus means she would be seen as the mother of an illegitimate child. The community would think that she either had sex with Joseph prior to being married or that she had an affair. She would have a life of disgrace or perhaps worse. In spite of how she would be viewed in society, Mary said yes.
Mary was troubled and she had doubt, but she still said yes. In fact, the statement she gave was a statement of obedience, “I am the Lord’s servant. May your word to me be fulfilled” (Luke 1:38). I don’t know about you, but when I’m faced with difficult circumstances or a challenging call from God my response to those things is often not one of obedience. In those difficult moments I don’t think I have ever humbled myself to being a servant of God. In fact, I treat Him more like He is my servant in the way I request or demand an easier path. Making God my servant doesn’t work out too well for me. How about you? Have you ever tried to make God your servant? How has that worked out for you?
Mary reminds me and reminds us that the journey of a Christian is surrender to the Lordship of Christ. When we are troubled, discouraged, and full of doubt our mantra must be, “I am the Lord’s servant.” When we face being ridiculed because of our faith in Him and obedience to Him, our response should be, “I am the Lord’s servant.”
So, where in your life do you need to surrender to him and say, “I am the Lord’s servant”?