I Am the Lord's Servant
Read Luke 1:34–38
“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.”
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
Like Zechariah, Mary seems to doubt Gabriel’s words to her and that what he says could really be possible. But Gabriel must have sensed or been aware of something unique about Mary’s heart. He explains what will happen, but doesn’t have the strong reaction he had to Zechariah when Zechariah questioned him. Perhaps we see a bit of what resided in Mary’s heart in her response: “I am the Lord’s servant … May your word to me be fulfilled.” It’s as if she opens her hands, falls to her knees, and invites God’s work in and through her.
- What truths that God has spoken to you through the Scriptures are hard for you to hear and receive?
- What work do you sense God longing to do in and through you? What resistance do you have? Where have you opened your hands, fallen to your knees, and accepted His invitation?
Father, thank You that You use regular people to do Your work in the world. I want to be one of those people. Use me, Lord, in any way You see fit. As best as I know how, I open my hands and heart to You, I fall to my knees in submission to Your ways, and I say yes to whatever You want to do! Make it so! Amen.