In keeping with the theme of Advent and Christmas this post is about Mary. Specifically, Mary in Luke chapter one, verse thirty-eight. Here’s what she says:
“Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.Luke 1:38
Have you heard or seen this verse before? This is right after an angel comes and tells Mary that she is about to give birth to the Son of the Most High, aka Jesus. How terrifying is that?? Would your response have been the same as Mary’s?
If you have read some of my recent blog posts you know that taking a leap of faith is something I’m working through right now. Listening and following God’s call has been top of mind, so when my Advent devotional showed this verse it got my wheels turning. Mary had faith. Big faith. The kind that moves mountains. But she was also scared out of her mind, at first. As soon as the angel, Gabriel, appeared to her she became frightened. He then told her not to be scared and so her fear turned to curiosity, asking “how will this be?” And his answer is very practical. See below:
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God.”Luke 1:
Notice what’s missing? There are no action steps. Mary was not given a parenting playbook. The angel simply told her what was going to happen. While I doubt any of us have experienced an encounter like this one, the sequence of events can still translate. Sometimes God puts something on your heart and you think why me? How can I? Instead of having radical faith and responding as Mary did, “let it be to me according to your word.”
Could you say those words back to God? Let it be to me according to your word is a powerful freaking statement. I’d venture to say it is a life changing statement. But what if we lived this way? If you are a believer this is a make or break question, if you’re not, this is the reality of Christianity. It’s surrender. The most joyous time of year exists all because one woman, Mary, surrendered to the will of God.
I’m not saying you surrendering will lead to something monumental but that’s not the point. The end game is not ours to know. The process is ours to walk, with God. As we head into Christmas and celebrate the birth of a child let’s remember the bravery it took from Mary to get to this point and then think about your own life.
Where do you need to surrender?
Here is our prayer:
Lord, let it be to me according to your word. Amen.