A Humble Servant

Have you ever thought about how Mary would have felt as a young woman, hearing for the first time from an angel that she was going to become the mother of the Messiah? My friend, Cynthia Wedge, reflected on this:

Read: Luke 1:26-38
“I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as you have said.” Luke 1:38

Humming as she worked, Mary smiled, dreaming of her future wedding; a day filled with great anticipation and excitement. She had already celebrated with some of her friends on their special day; soon it would be her turn. Even her daily, mundane duties seemed almost pleasant as she worked.

Mary started with surprise at the sound of a voice. She had thought she was alone. “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you.” In awe and yet fearful, “Could this really be an angel?” she wondered.

“Don’t be afraid for you have found favor with God.” The angel went on to tell her that she would give birth to a son whom would be named Jesus, that He would be great and “would rule over the house of Jacob forever.”

Hardly able to believe her ears, Mary asked, “How can this be since I am a virgin?” “It will be by the Holy Spirit. For nothing is impossible with God.”

“I am the Lord’s servant. May it be as you have said.” Was her humble reply.

As silently as he had come, the angel left.

Alone, her mind swirling, Mary hardly dared to move. Had she imagined this? Had she really been visited by an angel? Was she really the one chosen to bear the long-awaited Messiah, the King of the world?

Little did Mary know how this brief encounter with an angel would change her life for the rest of her life. First there was the shame of being pregnant before marriage, then the hardships of traveling to Egypt, a new, unfamiliar country, leaving family and friends she loved, later the pain she would suffer as she watched her son, the man Jesus, being ridiculed, mocked, beaten and finally crucified.

Mary called herself a “servant.” A servant in this sense is one who voluntarily serves another. We are not forced to be a servant of God, but choose, out of love, to be available for His service. To do whatever it may be that He calls us to do or be for His glory.

While it was an honor for Mary to be chosen as the mother of the Messiah, it was not without its heartaches and hardships. There is no record that she ever complained; rather she submitted to each new turn in her life as a servant of the Lord God, choosing to serve God in whatever way He asked of her. Being a servant is not always easy, but when we have the assurance that God loves us and is always with us, we can learn to choose to respond as His humble servant.

Have you ever found your world turned upside down in just a brief, unexpected moment? When this happens, is your response like Mary’s, “I am your servant, Not my will, but yours be done”?

Do you sense God asking you to do something, even a little thing that you are resisting? Will you right now tell God you are His servant, willing to do whatever He asks of you?

Copyright© 2017, by Cynthia Wedge