The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she has conceived a son and is now in her sixth month. For the word of God will never fail. Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her. Luke 1:35-38
When we experienced the new birth because we surrendered our life to Christ, the miraculous giving-life through the presence of the Holy Spirit within also takes place. If the Spirit has come, we will know that His presence is in us. This is needed so we can fully surrender our lives to Him. When we try to restrict God’s working in our life, we will not fully understand the power of God working in us. To not fully commit our life with the things of God will mean missing countless opportunities to be useful in the expansion and growth of His Kingdom and to live for His glory. From the text, because Mary wholly surrendered to God’s plan for her life, she experienced the power of the Spirit working within. This is one of the wonders Christ does and in submission to His will she responded; “I am the Lord’s servant,” said Mary. “May it be done to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38). When our actions demonstrate refusal to follow God in spite of our claim that He is the Lord of our life, He is not the one that controls our life. If He is the Lord of our life, we have to follow Him even if He leads us where we do not want to go. In our prayers, we have to stop bargaining with God by telling Him that we will follow once our prayer is answered the way we want it answered. We were saved by His shed blood on the cross so we could become a part of His Kingdom. We were helpless and had no power to save ourselves; therefore we do not have a basis to negotiate with God. Obedience to Him should be wholehearted. Absolute surrender means we give up the right in our life, relinquished our preferences to His leading and allowed Him to determine the course of our life. Jesus promised that once we let Him lead our life, we will experience His blessing, grow in deep fellowship with Him, and enjoy the blessing of being of service for His glory. “If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it” (Matthew 10:39).
Noel De Guzman