As we approach Christmas day while focusing on the four weeks of advent, we review one specific word to focus on each week. This week is joy. As we look at Mary, we see the perfect attitude to achieve the joy we desire.
As Mary listened to the proclamation of Gabriel, she submitted to God’s will. In fact, she is remembered along with the most faithful servants of God throughout history. She was a good example and a foreshadowing of Jesus submitting to God’s will in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Though Mary used different words to express her submission to God’s will, she nonetheless submitted in the same way Jesus would submit on the night before going to the cross. How do we know her submission brought her joy? Mary tells us herself.
If we continue reading in Luke just a few verses further, we find Mary’s song which proclaims God’s glory and her rejoicing in God. That is real joy that can only come from God and from submitting to Him. Mary experienced the glorious joy only God can give.
We, too, can experience this type of joy. If we submit as Mary and Jesus submitted, we experience joy that is beyond understanding. When we submit to God, He blesses us with inexpressible joy. We cannot fabricate this joy, nor can we fool God with false submission. It must be from deep within our heart and with our whole heart.
Mary was not only a perfect example for her son but is a perfect example for us today. Her willingness to be a servant of God and be part of His plan continues to be a shining example for all to follow. Mary carried this joy with her all the days of her life.
I pray we all follow Mary’s example of submission. I pray we experience the joy Mary experienced. I pray each one of us submit to God and experience the joy that only comes from Him. Submit to God’s will. Be willing to serve in His plan. Trust God to guide you. Experience the joy that only comes from God.
Luke 1:38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.