There are two attributes required to be the Lord’s servant that we can glean from Mary, willingness and faith.
- Willingness: Mary says yes to the call of God for her life. She has no idea what that is going to look like, where it will take her or the sorrow that she would encounter because of it. However, she is willing to trust that her God knows what He is doing and that He is able to keep her. In I Chronicles 28:9 David is saying to Solomon to acknowledge God, serve Him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind. This word, willing, means to be acquiescent, to incline, or to volunteer. Acquiescent means to agree by not objecting, to yield and submit. How many times do you hear children arguing with their parents instead of being willing to do what has been asked? How may times have I not been willing? David asks in Psalm 5 that the Lord would grant him a willing spirit to sustain him.Abraham like Mary was told to leave his country, his people and his father’s household and go to a land that the Lord would show him. And so Abram left. He was willing to go, willing to respond to the voice of God. Abram also had …
- Faith: God told Abram that he would become a great nation and be blessed. That he would have offspring as many as the stars. In Genesis 15:6 it says that Abram believed the Lord and He credited it to him as righteousness.
Faith is a key ingredient in being the Lord’s servant. Faith is the currency of heaven! Without it Hebrews 11 says it is impossible to please Him! With faith you can conquer kingdoms, administer justice and gain what is promised!
Mary believed the promise brought to her by Gabriel. But, she was also willing to submit to whatever that would look like in her life. In being the Lord’s servant she became the woman to give birth to the Son of God. From that point on all generations have called her blessed!