PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Luke 1:34-38
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“‘I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered. ‘May your word to me be fulfilled.'” (Luke 1:38)
Was God asking Mary to do this job, or was Mary being ‘voluntold’?
My sense is that God had already chosen Mary for this job, it was not a job offer.
But then since it was God’s will, did Mary have a choice?
Yes, Mary had a choice to be a willing or unwilling partner in God’s plan.
In these words we hear Mary willingly surrendering to God’s plan for her, and the world.
None of us chose to be born, or to be born under the circumstances of our lives.
We have all received assignments like Mary, and can choose to be willing or unwilling.
The question is, will I trust that God’s purpose for me, even if hard, is for the good?
And will I offer myself to God’s purpose, or will I resist, or live for my own purpose?
Jesus’s assignment included the cross, and Jesus asked if there might be another way.
But in the end, like Mary, Jesus surrendered to God’s will, and saved the world.
God has gifted, equipped and assigned us for a salvation purpose in the world too.
I can offer myself, my life and gifts to God by saying “I am the Lord’s servant!”
How will God want to use me this year… and will I be a willing servant?