Discipleship

Accepting God’s Will this Christmas

Bible Lesson: Luke 1:26-38

Theme Verse: Luke 1:38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

Bible proves God has a will of His own and He recognizes man having his own will. Many a times we struggle between God’s will and our will. The sole purpose of human is to know the perfect will of God. The Lord’s Prayer is focussed on having God’s will ‘on earth as it is in heaven.’ How God’s will be done in this world? From Genesis to Revelation there are plenty of God’s commandments for us to follow and annunciation is a beautiful illustration which shows that in all odds Mary obeyed God’s Will.

To redeem people from the slavery of sin, curse and death God designed a plan for salvation. This plan was revealed to Mary by angel Gabriel. At the beginning, Mary was troubled but the angel calmed her fears, and told her that God was choosing her to be the mother of the long-awaited Messiah. Indeed it was a big challenge for her but she accepted it as God’s will because nothing is greater than God’s will. Her heart leaped with joy when she offered herself for this plan. In Luke 1:46ff she sings “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior…” In beautiful submission, Mary yielded herself to the Lord for the accomplishment of His wondrous purposes.

“What is the Source of God’s Will?” The Will of God is found in His Word. When Mary pondered upon the Word of God she accepted it as God’s Will. God’s Word ‘is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path’ (Ps. 119:105). Secondly, when we honour the authority of God then His will is revealed to us as written in Ps. 143:10 ‘Teach me to do your will, for you are my God.’ Mary as a humble servant acknowledged God’s authority in her life. Thirdly, Lord Jesus Christ himself is the source of God’s Will. In the gospels, Jesus is said to be acting only according to the will of the heavenly Father (Jn. 6:38). Luke confirms this when he quotes Jesus’ statement in the Garden of Gethsemane: “Father, if it is your will, remove this cup from me; nevertheless not my will, but yours, be done” (Luke 22:42). By receiving Christ in our lives God continues to unfold His will to us like He did for Mary.

“What is God’s will for my life?” The will of God states that we should live a holy and a life pleasing to God (Rom. 12:1-2). In God’s will we feel delighted, satisfied and jubilant. Once we walk according to His ways, we become part of His kingdom (Mark 3:35) like Virgin Mary became a mother of Jesus. Great missionary, David Livingstone once said, “I’d rather be in the heart of Africa in the will of God, than on the throne of England, out of the will of God.” We have to take God’s Word seriously if we want to please Him. Doing the will of God does not depict our own wisdom, intellect and spirituality but honouring the available guidance of the Holy Spirit. The reward of fulfilling God’s will is the permission to enter into the Kingdom of God. Jesus mentioned, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven” (Matthew 7:21). Let the Holy Spirit control us as we seek His Will for our lives. This Christmas again reminds us to continue to do God’s will as we move in the journey of faith.