With Christmas behind us, there is no doubt that many have recently read the passages from the Bible which depict the coming Christ child, as well as the nativity. This year one of the major themes that jumped out at me as I studied through the text, was the submission of Mary’s will that was required to make it happen. When the angel Gabriel appeared to her with the news, she responded “Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.”; Through her submission Jesus Christ our Savior was born.

Fast forward three decades and we see another act of obedience, this time from Jesus Himself as He prayed to the Father

“And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and began to pray, saying, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.” Luke 22:41-42

It is not difficult to read about the submissive obedience of others in the Bible, but at times it can be very difficult to practice it in our own lives. Would you be willing to act in obedience to the Lord’s will if it was made known to you? What if His will changed the course of your life as it did in the examples above? As we kick off this new year, I would like to encourage everyone to make it a year of submissive obedience to the Lord. I hope that you will join me in my prayer that “whatever God may call us to do, that we will be willing to submit our will for His”.

Happy New Year,

Blessings, Jeff