Submission isn’t a very popular practice. As human creatures, we often try to control our own destinies. Submitting, surrendering to someone else seems like a sign of weakness. But in this young girl Mary, we discover the strength in submitting and surrendering to God’s purposes. In ancient Palestine, being a young girl pregnant out of wedlock would have placed Mary in a vulnerable and precarious position. Even so, Mary responds to the angel, “Let it be with me according to your word” (Luke 1:38). With those words, the grace of God found a home within Mary’s womb.
Do you have a chore or task you particularly resent doing? Perhaps you bristle when your spouse or boss remind (in your mind, “nag”) you about it. This week, as your complete the task or chore, consider it an opportunity to practice submission. Consider how the grace of God might be experienced through you if you carry out this humble task with an attitude of joy and gratitude.
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