Written by: Tim Wood

34 Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man? ”35 And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. 37 For with God nothing will be impossible.” 38 Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.                               (Luke 1:34-38 NKJV)

Mary was probably 14 or 15 years old when the angel announced this news to her in Nazareth. It’s incredibly good news. It’s amazing news. Mary’s response is amazing too. She responded with complete submission, “Let it be to me according to your word.” I might have responded differently.  Like, “Wow. Let me think about this. Let me sleep on it.” Not Mary. She responded with quick obedience. This was world changing news. The birth of Jesus not only changed the world it turned Mary’s world upside down. Think about how Mary’s world changed. She had to think, “How would Joseph respond? What will everyone in town think? Will anyone ever believe me?” People would not look at Mary and think, “What a godly woman.” They would look at her and think, “What a cheating liar.”

Mary’s response to this life changing news is incredible, “Let it be to me according to your word.” In other words, she was saying to God, “Whatever you want to do in my life is okay with me. I exist to bring you glory and fulfill your purposes in my life.” Long before Romans 8:28 was ever written Mary lived it. “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

Let it be to me according to your word means that we want God’s purposes in our life over our own comfort. This Christmas, let’s join Mary and say, “Let it be God.”