‘Surrendering your plans to God’: Learning from the faith of Mary


Hebrews 11, known as the “Faith Chapter,” is one of the most famous chapters in the Bible. In it, Paul gives examples of people of faith ranging from Abel to Rahab, after which Paul writes that he doesn’t have any more time to continue. There are so many characters in the Bible that could be included in Hebrews 11. Have you ever thought of which Bible character you would choose t?

Among many incredible options from the Bible, I would choose Mary, the mother of Jesus. Let’s delve  into Scripture to discover her faith.  

Beginning in Luke 1:26, the story of Mary’s calling is recorded. God sent His archangel Gabriel to bring a special message to a young virgin girl of Nazareth who was engaged to the carpenter Joseph.  

“The angel went to her and said, ‘Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.  …Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.’” (Luke 1:28, 31-33)  

Mary responded, puzzled by the idea of her, a virgin, having a son. But the angel responded gently, telling her of the miracle that was to occur.  

The Bible does not give us a description of Mary’s faith in God. However, her response to God’s calling couldn’t more accurately portray her faith.

“’I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered. ‘May your word to me be fulfilled.’”  

(Luke 1:38)

Mary’s words echo those of Samuel, when he received his calling: “…’Speak, for your servant is listening,’” (1 Samuel 3:10) and those of Isaiah, “…’Here am I. Send me!’” (Isaiah 6:8). Her words are those of complete surrender to the will and plan of God.   

I don’t know if you have received your calling yet, but I do know that God has a plan for each and every one of you, just as Jeremiah 29:11 says. Therefore, the words of Mary, and likewise those of Samuel and Isaiah, can be yours. Each day you can surrender your life, your plans and your future to God. The peace and heavenly assurance that comes with complete and wholehearted surrender to God is absolutely beautiful and amazing. 

As this Christmas season arrives, I encourage you to read the story of the birth of Jesus and be inspired by the faith and surrender of Mary as she was called to raise the Savior of the world. Don’t be discouraged by anything. With the help of the Holy Spirit, surrender yourselves to God and behold the amazing plans He has made just for you. 

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