“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Luke 1:38
Merry Christmas, PCC!
What do you think of when you hear the word surrender? For me it equates to, “It’s over…you lost!” However, when it comes to surrendering to God and His will, nothing could be further from the truth!
There’s so much to learn from the teenage woman God chose to be Jesus’ mother. Perhaps the greatest lesson is in this matter of surrender.
Most of us are familiar with Luke 1:26–38. An angel appeared to Mary and announced God’s disruptive and incredible plan to her. Mary’s response to the angel was one of surrender. That’s an incredible thing. It shows a life of trust even when you don’t have God figured out.
Mary didn’t have to raise the white flag of surrender!
- She could have raised the “Yeah But” flag, telling God what a hard thing He was asking her to do.
- She could have raised the “No Thanks” flag, telling God that all the false accusations and misunderstandings she’d face for the rest of her life wasn’t worth it to her.
But she said, “I am the Lord’s servant.”
We will explore this much more in depth this Sunday in our Simply Christmas series, but for now, ponder Mary’s courageous response with me:
- Mary surrendered to God’s will even though she didn’t fully understand. Mary was not 100% sure in that first moment. She had questions and wrestlings. Scripture says that she kept pondering these things in her heart. What was said to me? What does it mean? What is going to happen?
- Mary surrendered to God’s will without knowing all the details. This is my issue right there. If I’d been Mary, I would have needed all the details. “How is Joseph going to handle this?” “Is He going to be Messiah right out of the womb?” “Where is all this headed?” I could think of a thousand questions, but here’s the thing: God doesn’t work like that. God doesn’t say, “Here is everything you’re going to go through for the rest of your life.”
- Mary surrendered to God’s will by faith. It always comes back to trusting God and believing that He has our best interest at heart. That’s what Mary did. First, she believed she was who God said she was—highly favored. Second, she believed that God would keep His word. She surrendered to God’s will by faith.
Can I ask you to ponder a question? What is God asking you to surrender to Him? Have you come to realize that the Christian life consists of many repeated surrenders to God?
PCC, our lives lasts but a moment; they are just a vapor! Right now we have an opportunity to display the power of lives surrendered to God to the Peninsula and to the world. May we take hold of surrender and seize it like Mary did, saying from our hearts, “I am the Lord’s servant, may your word to me be fulfilled.”
Let’s explore more this Sunday! I love being your pastor!