Happy Thursday, friends! I wanted to reflect together on something that really struck me in our church’s Bible reading plan last week. In the story of Mary, the mother of Jesus, we see this huge moment of revelation. The angel of the Lord appears and tells Mary, a virgin, that she is going to have a son and that he is going to be the Savior of the world. And her response blows my mind:
“I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.”
What a powerful statement, what a miraculous submission to the will of God the Father! It made me think, “what does a true servant’s heart look like in my life and ministry?” So let’s read and reflect on a few verses from scripture and pray towards a growing willingness to say “Yes!” to the Lord in the things we do. I think there is so much transformative power in a community living by the Luke 1 truth that “we have been rescued from our enemies so we can serve God without fear, in holiness and righteousness for as long as we live.”
“Anyone who wants to serve me must follow me, because my servants must be where I am. And the Father will honor anyone who serves me.”
Jesus, in John 12:26 NLT
We have been rescued from our enemies so we can serve God without fear, in holiness and righteousness for as long as we live.
Luke 1:74-75 NLT
Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will please God, and others will approve of you, too. So then, let us aim for harmony in the church and try to build each other up.
Romans 12:11, 14:17-19 NLT
How do we reach the place of trust in our relationship with Christ to say, “May everything you say in my life be so”? What obstacles might stand in the way of our service to God?
Look back on that critical set of verses from Luke’s Gospel. Why is freedom from fear, through Christ, so critical to our being able to serve “in holiness and righteousness for as long as we live” ? What does fear do to people’s service?
How does the Lord spread his kingdom through selfless community? What changes about the individual and the church family when God’s people “serve the Lord enthusiastically… living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” ?
Father, help me to trust that your will and plan are good. I want to submit all to you and serve with gladness.
Christ, teach me how to live as you did. Give me the humility to lay everything down for the love of God and those around me.
Spirit, tune my heart and tune my ears to hear your voice. Let me not miss the moments you place before me to serve and bring change.
Amen, Amen, and Amen.