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A Blessed Slave

December 18, 2017

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A Blessed Slave

Luke chapter 1 tells us  how the angel Gabriel was sent  to the virgin Mary  to tell her  that she had been chosen  by the LORD  to be the mother  of the long-promised Savior.     Mary immediately replied  in Luke 1:38,

“Behold,  the bondslave  of the Lord;  may it be done to me  according to your word.”     And the angel departed from her.

Then,  when Mary went  to visit Elizabeth,  the soon-to-be mother of John the Baptist,  Mary said  to Elizabeth  in Luke 1:46-48,

My soul exalts the Lord,  and my spirit has rejoiced  in God my Savior,  for He has had regard  for the humble state  of His bondslave;   for behold,  from this time on  all generations will count me blessed.

Mary felt honored  to be able  to serve the Lord  with her whole life.     From the very beginning  with the angel Gabriel’s message,  Mary humbly  and most willingly  served the LORD.     Being the Lord’s slave  led her  to exclaim,  “My soul exalts the LORD.”

And,  that is how we should be.     It is a privilege  of great honor  to be called as God’s “bondslave”  —  to serve the LORD God Almighty  with our whole lives.     Mary’s work as a slave was  to entrust her whole life  to God’s will  —  from being a godly mother and wife  —  to submitting  to God’s will  as she watched her Son suffer  and die  on the cross.     In all that,  she trusted God’s ways.

Mary’s everyday life  was a life of service,  just as our everyday lives  should be.     It’s all as Paul tells us  in Romans 6:16,

Do you not know  that when you present yourselves  to someone  as slaves  for obedience,  you are slaves  of the one whom you obey,  either of sin  resulting in death,  or of obedience  resulting in righteousness?

So,  as we think about our lives,  we need to realize  whose slave  we are.     Who do we want  as our master?     In truth,  the LORD is the very best master  anyone could ever hope for.     With Him  as our master,  we can really  and honestly exalt  and rejoice  over such a great honor.

With the privilege  of being God’s slave,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Blessed be our Lord.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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