Last night, we wrapped up our study on Mary, the mother of Jesus. Over the last few months, we witnessed the transformation of a young girl who was visited by the angel, Gabriel who told Mary that she would miraculously conceive and give birth to the long-awaited Messiah. Her response: “Let it be to me according to your word.”
Did Mary respond this way because she was naive?
We journeyed with her while she was pregnant, riding on a donkey, as she went to Bethlehem. Where she would discover that the Savior of the world wouldn’t be born in a prestigious hospital wing, but in a humble stable.
We felt her excitement when Mary presented baby Jesus in the temple to be blessed, and sensed her uncertainly when God’s prophet, Simeon tells Mary, “A sword will pierce through your own soul also.”
We shared her panic when Mary discovered she had left twelve year old Jesus behind at the temple—holding our breath while Mary frantically searched for him. When she returned to the temple Jesus replied, “Why were you searching for me? Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”
And we cheered her on as she moved into a woman who began to relinquish control.
Mary began following Jesus. And her presence at the cross—her complete surrender to God’s plan—transformed her from a faith-filled young girl, to mother, to disciple.
Her unyielding devotion to God’s plan resulted in her transformation into what God desires for all of us: to become followers of His Son.This is what God desires for all of us: to become followers of His Son. Click To Tweet
I confessed to the Jericho Girls that I want to have a willing heart like Mary’s.
One of trust.
Surrender.Transformation is often difficult, but achieved one step at a time. Click To Tweet
Your turn. What is God calling you to surrender?