The Servant of the Lord

December 27, 2013
Mary, the mother of Jesus.  Who was she?  Why was she chosen to be the mother of the King of the universe?

She was simply a young Jewish girl, focusing her life on serving God and awaiting the Messiah, her Savior.  What must she have thought when an angel appeared to her telling her that, even though she was a virgin, she was to give birth to a baby, the Savior she was awaiting.

I don’t know about you, but I would probably think I was going crazy.  If an angel shows up in front of me, telling me I’m going to have a baby while still a virgin I’d probably pinch myself to wake up. 

Mary didn’t have that response.  She answered “I am the Lord’s servant.  May your word to me be fulfilled.” 
I want to be able to say to God, I am your servant and to accept what plans he has in my life.
This young Jewish girl had such incredible faith.  She didn’t worry about what others would think of her – unmarried and pregnant.  She didn’t worry about Joseph, her fiancé, calling off their engagement.  She didn’t worry about how she was going to raise the child.  All she knew was that she was the Lord’s servant and she would do whatever He asked. 
I long for that kind of faith.

The words she proclaims in Luke 1:46-55 are amazing and an incredible inspiration to me, as a follower of the Lord!  I long to remember God’s holiness at all times and respond to it in humility, offering myself up as a servant to the Lord.
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
 for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
And his mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
he has brought down the mighty from their thrones
and exalted those of humble estate;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
 He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
as he spoke to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”
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