Has God ever asked you to do something that was a huge stretch for you? Accept a new position? Have a tough conversation with a friend? Make a significant financial sacrifice in order to advance a cause? Travel to a mission field outside of your comfort zone? Whether you accepted the call or not was determined by your willingness to surrender.
Mary was informed by Gabriel, the angel, that she had been chosen by God to carry and birth the Savior. What an incredible honor! However, Mary wasn’t just simply informed that she was going to give birth to Jesus. She also accepted the role.
Luke 1:38 teaches us the requirements of genuine, all-in surrender.
Submission to God’s Plan
Mary responded by saying, “I am the Lord’s servant.” She placed herself under the authority of God. If you think you’re the boss of your life and you’re unwilling to allow God to be the boss of your life, you’re never going to surrender.
Webster’s Dictionary defines the word submit in this way: “to yield oneself to the authority or will of another.” In other words, submission is a willing act.
Is there any area of your life that is off limits to God — an area that you are unwilling to yield to His authority? What could happen if you yielded that area of your life to God’s authority?
Confidence in God’s Goodness
Sometimes we get the impression that to surrender to God is to throw away all the good things that could have happened had we held on. That, however, is the opposite of reality. Mary willingly surrendered because she knew God wanted something glorious for her.
When you consider the people of the Christmas story, you’ll see surrender at every turn:
• Mary was willing to surrender her plans for the future in order to experience the miracle of the virgin birth.
• Joseph was willing to surrender his reputation in order to experience a partnership with Mary in God’s plan.
• The shepherds were willing to surrender their flocks in order to get a glimpse of the Messiah.
• The Magi were willing to surrender their own status in order to bow before a child who they knew to be the King of kings.
• Christ Himself was willing to surrender His own rightful place on the throne of Heaven in order to save us.
This Christmas, purpose to follow Mary’s example. Be willing to say, “I am the Lord’s servant. May it be done to me according to His Word.”