Full Obedience



Key Bible Verse: “Oh, how my soul praises the Lord. How my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour! For he took notice of his lowly servant girl, and from now on all generations will call me blessed.” (Luke 1:46-48)

Dig Deeper: Luke 1:26-56

Mary [the mother of Jesus] was able to wait on God by responding in humility (“Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word” Luke 1:38, NRSV.), and by having already soaked her mind in the Scripture. We do Mary’s example injustice if we fail to consider the bodily nature of her obedience to God. We too often think that if we are to live the kind of life that would be pleasing to God that it would primarily be something “spiritual” and we rarely if ever consider the irreplaceable role that our bodies have in our lives with God. What God was asking of [Mary] involved her body to the furthest possible extent.

If you and I have the courage and humility to experiment with praying Mary’s prayer, we will also find that our bodies are always included if we are to follow through in obedience. We will be given opportunities to praise God with our mouths, love people with our hands and feet, study with our eyes, and worship with every part of us. In other words, we will be asked – as Mary was – to wait on God by allowing the Messiah to dwell in us, so that our bodily lives may bring his blessing to those around us.

– Daniel Ethan Harris in Wait

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