Theme: Submission: key to Divine favour.
Text: “I am the Lord’s servant, “Mary answered.
“May it be to me as you have said” Luke 1:38.
God’s announcement of a child to be born was met with various responses throughout the Scripture. Sarah, Abraham’s wife laughed, (Genesis 18:9-15) Zachariah, father of John the Baptist doubted. Mary, mother of Jesus in contrast submitted. She believed the words of the Angel and accepted to do what God wanted from her. She saw her call and the responsibility placed on her as a divine favour from God. To Mary, being called to work for God is a privilege, (Luke 1:48). Her submission to the will of God increased in her the favour of God that she herself declared: “ From now on all generation will call me blessed”. This prophecy of hers came to pass that till today, we call her “Blessed Virgin Mary”. It is also believed that Mary was favoured to the extent that she was bodily taken up into Heaven. This is celebrated in the Roman Catholic Church and High Anglicans as feast of Assumption.
Mary submitted to God’s will and was favoured, and then what is the biblical concept of submission? We can deduce through Mary’s act of submission the followings: giving our lives to God’s authority and control; believing in God and His word, that is believing in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and accepting Him as our Lord and Saviour (Romans 10:9); being obedient to the teachings of Christ, obeying Christ as a child obeys his/her parent (John 8:31). Submission to God is also treating others fairly and justly, Ephesians 5:21 says: “Submitting to one another out of reference to Christ”. This is not only for husbands & wives but for every Christian to submit to all authorities God placed over us. Submission is also honouring God with who we are and what we have.
Beloved, all area of our lives are to be submitted under God and be placed under His authority, just like Mary. We are to learn about God and know Him the more, we are to obey Him, treat others with love and share Christ with them. We are also to honour God with who we are and what we have. Our actions and ways of life should also glorify Him. When we do these, we will be favoured like Mary; we will be favoured with God’s presence, guidance, and knowledge of His will. We will be used by Him for His glory and be blessed here on earth and thereafter in the life-After.
Very Revd Adewale Adebiyi