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Luke 1:26-38 (NIV)
26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” 29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” 34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 35 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. 36 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. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.” 38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
Describe the way in which Mary gave herself to the LORD.
Which text most speaks to you?
How might you still need to give yourself to the LORD?
Lord, all that I have is Yours; myself, my time and my possessions. We sometimes say that in church and although I believe that statement, I struggle in carrying it out. But Mary faithfully lived that statement more than I ever would have the courage to do. She freely submitted her body, her reputation, and shared all that she had possessed as the Mother of Jesus. She knew that it would be hard, but willingly trusted You with her life. How I would love to trust You with such rich, solid faith! Lord, help me to freely accept Your will for me, help me to not grumble when things are inconvenient or when I may need to do some physical labor to serve someone in need. Allow me the joy to speak the words “I am the Lord’s servant” by opening my eyes to ways that I can submit myself, my time and my possessions in service to You and actually do it. Amen