Sunday, December 9, 2007

Sunday Snippet - Mary, the Servant

Then Mary said "Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word," And the angel departed from her. Luke 1:38

Once again, I have been encouraged in my Christian walk by the simple faith of Mary, who completely surrendered to the will of the Lord. This was our sermon tonight. We looked at her personal situation, her noble heavenly visitor and his message, and her response to that message. It's her response that touched me once again, as it has so many times before. She acknowledged God as the master, and that she was His servant. As Pastor D. said, she made a complete surrender, knowing that she was about to go through something difficult. But as he said, she chose to be esteemed by God, rather than by men. Should we do any less?

This young Jewish girl is an example to us all. We don't worship her, but we certainly should follow in the footsteps of her simple faith.


Kathy at Sumballo said...

Mary's surrender was amazing, especially considering the trials ahead. She had to endure the shame of an out-of-wedlock pregnancy but her response to Gabriel was that of willingness and praise. I love your statement: she chose to be esteemed by God. A worthy path to follow. Thanks for sharing!

Cami said...

My husband and I just watched The Nativity Story, and I was so struck by the portrayal of Mary in that film, at the moment the angel spoke to her. It really showed, to my mind, the abject obedience in this young woman, which is what I believe was indicative of Mary's personal heart. I just love this, love it, love it, love it. : )

Beka said...

Yes, Mary's faith is a rebuke and an encouragement. I so deeply appreciated last night's sermon, and will meditate on it over and over. Too often, in our staying away from Mary-worship, I think we forget that we can learn so much from her... her simple faith and resignation, and so much more.

We'll miss you as you take your little break-- but I'll pray that God will reveal what He would have you to do.

Much love,