Surrender and Peace, Power and Glory

December 11, 2013 | Tags: , , ,

“I am the Lord’s slave,” said Mary. “May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel left her.

-Luke 1:38

We see one of the most remarkable attitudes toward God in Mary, the mother of Jesus. Just an ordinary girl, maybe even thirteen years of age by traditional Jewish marriage customs, we see her receive a powerful call of God upon her life from the angel Gabriel in Luke 1:26-38. The angel appears to her, tells to rejoice because she is favored by God, and that she will become pregnant by the Holy Spirit and give birth to the Messiah, Jesus Christ. She wonders how, since she has never been intimate with a man, but this was never a question that included doubt and unbelief. It was a statement of reverence and wonder of what only God could do.

The angel told her of the miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and that her child would be the Son of God. “For nothing will be impossible with God,” the angel told her. After that, the ball was in Mary’s court in how to respond. The implications were huge–a pregnancy out of wedlock would surely put a stigma on both herself and shame upon her husband-to-be, Joseph. What would her parents think? What would the people of the tiny, obscure town of Nazareth in which she lived think? There were so many reasons to run and hide, to pretend she never saw the angel and to deny God’s precious gift upon her life. So many. She could fight it every step of the way. She could deny God’s existence. She could lie. She could make up stories. She could…but instead…she said:

“I am the Lord’s slave,” said Mary. “May it be done to me according to your word.”

Then the angel left her.

Mary did one thing–surrender. She believed God, received His call, and surrendered her life to Him. And what did she experience? Peace. And what did she see? The power and glory of God through her Son Jesus Christ in a way she could never have imagined.

You see my friend, God wants to pour blessings into our lives. Pour. It isn’t that He’s somehow lacking in blessings. He isn’t. What He needs is those who are willing to receive His blessings. But you’re talking about Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ!, you say. Yes, I am. Mary, an ordinary woman who was only favored because of God’s grace, not her merit. An ordinary girl from a next-to-nothing town in the obscure parts of Galilee. A girl who had almost nothing as far as material possessions or social status. But God chose her. And she said yes.

Both you and I have a powerful call of God upon our lives. And I mean powerful. He’s calling. But are we believing? Are we receiving? There is only one formula in the kingdom of heaven: Believe and receive and surrender to God, then receive His peace, experience His power, and see His glory. That’s it. And that is how we are to live, moment-by-moment, in our walk with Jesus Christ. Is it easy? No. Is it worth it? More than you can imagine. Ask, and He will pour out! Believe and receive, not because we earned it or deserve it, because we don’t, but because He loves to pour out to those who want more of Him.

Do you want to experience God? Then it’s time to let go. It’s time to stop weighing your merit and what you deserve against God’s blessings. You deserve nothing. But He wants to pour out anyway, because He loves you. He will work powerfully in and through you, and He will get all the glory.

The ball is in your court. How are you going to respond?

By Courtney Silberman

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