For nothing will be impossible with God. And Mary said, “Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her …. And Mary said: “My soul exalts the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. For He has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave; for behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed.” Luke 1:37-38, 46-48
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
Today’s Scripture has been lifted out of the story of Mary’s encounter with the angel Gabriel from whom she learned all about God’s plans for her as the chosen one who would give birth to the Messiah, Jesus Christ. Now granted there are some amazing things about this story that are Mary’s story alone. We will probably never have the Angel Gabriel come to guide us in regard to what God has in mind for us. We will probably never be guided in regard to a role for our lives so high on the list of uniqueness as giving birth to the Savior of the world. However, there are some important things that come to us from this story about God’s guidance that will make a significant difference in our being able to live fully for Him.
Notice the designation Mary gives herself: “The bondslave of the Lord.” The word “bondslave” comes from the Old Testament and refers to someone who is a foreigner in the land of Israel who was welcomed into a household by special arrangement, shared fully in the benefits and responsibilities of the household over a significant period of time, was treated fairly and kindly throughout, and then voluntarily chose to stay on as a permanent servant of the master of the household. Like Mary, “the bondslave of the Lord” is the only appropriate designation for us. Through Christ we have been welcomed into the household of God. We will always be treated fairly and kindly as God’s redeemed ones who share in the benefits and responsibilities of being part of the His household. However, what this designation conveys is not really true of us until we willing and permanently give ourselves over to our Lord and master for a life time of serving and living fully for him.
As a true “bondslave of the Lord,” you will readily be able to give yourself obediently to the sure word of guidance God brings to you along the way of your life time of living fully for Him. God speaks to us through his written Word, the Bible (through personal reading, study, and meditation on it or through someone who proclaims the Word of God) and through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit shows us the specifics of how God is at work in our lives through His still small voice within our human spirit (the truth of God’s Word and the movement of the Holy Spirit within our spirit will always be in perfect harmony). The true “bondslave of the Lord” is a true worshiper of God who worships him in “Spirit and in truth.” This is the one who, like Mary, responds to God’s sure word of guidance in full submission, with the words, “may it be done to me according to your word.”
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, my soul exalts You, and my spirit has rejoiced in You, my Savior. You have had regard for the humble state of Your bondslave; truly, from this time on I am blessed to be one who can count on the sure guidance of Your Word and Your Spirit as one who freely and permanently has chosen to serve and live fully for you. “Nothing is impossible with You and so always and forever, “may it be done to me according to your word.” Amen!
Posted on Fri, September 9, 2016
by Ken Hart