Luke 1:38 “And Mary said, ‘Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her,’”
The Love Story of Christmas begins with God, but encompassed many others. It included Mary, Joseph, the Magi and the Christ Child Himself.
Through Mary we see that the Love Story of Christmas is not just about feelings of love, but it captures the very nature of love.
Love demands a response of obedience. A life of loving God is a life of obedience. God demonstrated His love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. As a result, we should be willing to respond with unswerving and unquestioning obedience.
In the very beginning, God placed a tree in the middle of the garden and asked Adam and Eve to demonstrate their love for Him by not eating of that tree. Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments”. Love and obedience go hand in hand. Love without obedience is sloppy sentiment resulting in a lazy liaison. Obedience without love is an affiliation without affect; resulting in a robotic relationship.
The extravagant love of the Father is neither. It is a love, which demands a relationship connected by compliance, fostered by forgiveness and grounded in grace.
Mary was not only a girl of great faith, but she was faithful to the point of obedience. She not only believed in God, but she believed God. She was not only lovable, she had great love. She not only loved God, but she desired to obey Him.
Luke records her words as follows: “And Mary said, ‘Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.’”
When God called her to carry the Christ Child, she did not say, “Let it be to someone else”, but responded by saying “Let it be to me”.
“Let it be to me” – words of loving obedience.
The disengaged would have said, “Let it be, but not to me”.
The disbeliever would have said, “Let it be, if it’s possible”.
The distracted would have said, “Let it be, but I’m too busy”.
The disinterested would have said, “Let it be, but I don’t care”.
The disenfranchised would have said, “Let it be, but not with me.”
The distant would have said, “Let it be, but I won’t see it.”
Only the disciplined can say, “Let it be… to me”.
Mary was able to say, “Let it be to me” as she, with child, faced her betrothed, Joseph. She uttered, “Let it be to me” as she traveled to Bethlehem because of the census. She wept, “Let it be to me” as she bore her son in a stable. She whispered, “Let it be to me” as she laid Him in a manger.
We are able to celebrate Christmas because God decided to send His Son and found one who was willing to exercise the love and obedience necessary to carry the Christ Child.
When the Lord calls us to express our love for Him through obedience, will we say, “Let it be to me”? Do we love God enough to carry the Christ Child in all that we do? Indeed, “Let it be to me!”
Something to think about…