Mary’s Servant Heart

I am the Lord’s servant…may it be to me as you have said. Luke 1:38   

How easily we identify ourselves as being the “Lord’s servant”, but do we stop to consider what that really means?

Mary had been given a startling revelation, along with a difficult assignment. She would be privileged to give birth to the Messiah, but most would doubt her story. Being pregnant before marriage would certainly cause people to question her morality and the law said that an immoral woman could be put to death. She had no idea how this pregnancy would impact her engagement to Joseph.

There were risks for Mary, but she didn’t seem to contemplate the cost. Her response, “may it be to me as you have said” demonstrates an unreserved commitment of her body to the Lord for His purpose. Disregarding any cost, she responded in total and absolute submission to the will and plan of the Master—that is the essence of true servanthood.

How was Mary so quickly able to come to a place of total surrender? She had a deep and abiding trust in a loving God—One who would not ask her to do anything that He would not empower and equip her to do. If her Master gave the assignment, He would also protect her. He was and is totally trustworthy.

When God places you on a difficult path, He can be trusted to give you the needed strength to complete the journey. He wants us to trust Him enough to accept the challenging assignments, with a true servant’s heart. Your assignment may involve risk, the possibility of being hurt, or doing mundane tasks.  Can you say with Mary, “I am the Lord’s servant; may it be to me as you have said”?


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