Submitting to the Will of God
A simple yet powerful statement is uttered in Luke 1:38* by Mary, the mother of Jesus. It is spoken after she has been told by the angel, Gabriel, that she will have a son – the Savior of the world! Mary responded,
“Behold, the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.”
What does it mean to be a servant of the Lord? The word Mary actually used comes from the feminine form of the Greek word doule meaning “bondservant” or “slave” and is usually translated “handmaid” or “maidservant”. Mary was indicating that she was not performing some casual service for the Lord, or serving Him when and if she felt like it or when it was convenient or appealing to her. Rather, Mary’s choice of word indicated she was dedicating all of herself to the Lord; that His will would always trump her own and be carried out faithfully because she was in total submission to Him.
God calls us throughout the scriptures to be His servants.
“…what does the Lord require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul”.
Joshua issued this challenge which resounds today
“choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”.
Jesus informs Satan in…
“…It is written, You shall worship the Lord your God and Him only you shall serve”.
And the apostle Paul appeals to the Roman brethren.
“not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord”.
In so serving God, we are also called to serve others.
“…through love serve one another”.
I Peter 4:8-10 tells us that,
“Above all things have fervent love for one another, for love will cover a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, (ESV says “use it to serve one another”) as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”
Mary’s statement reflects a heart dedicated to the Lord, a willing attitude and love for Him that rose above her own wants, needs, and even fears. What faith she displayed and what a fine example of godly womanhood she is to us today.
May each one of us exemplify that same faith and dedication to our Lord and boldly say like Mary,
“I am the servant of the Lord.”
(This article is adapted from “A Servant of the Lord” from the book, “Heart to Heart – Devotional Thoughts for Women” by Heather Pryor, Pryor Convictions Media.)
* All Scripture taken from the New King James Version, except where indicated.
~ Guest Post by Heather Pryor
Heather Pryor is a minister’s wife and homeschooling mother of three. She and her husband, Paul started a family business in 2013 called Pryor Convictions Media. They sell a Bible curriculum series for families and churches called “Growing Up in God’s Word” which Heather authored as well as other books for women, teens and children and audio CD’s of Bible stories for children. Many more books, CD’s and a DVD series are in development. The purpose of their books and media products is to help build faith in families and encourage all ages to dig deeper into the word of God and live a life of faith and service to Him. Heather has homeschooled for twenty years and will graduate her youngest in 2015. In her spare time she enjoys reading, baking, and sipping cups of Earl Grey tea. She resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.