And Mary said:
My soul magnifies the Lord,
And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant;
For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.Luke 1:46-48 (NKJV)
How I wish all women around the world could insert their name in place of Mary’s. For all to be able to say that their whole soul, heart, and mind magnifies the Lord. For all to be able to say that their spirit rejoices in Christ alone. That all women would truly understand the love that the Lord shows towards the humble.
Calling herself a maidservant of the Lord, Mary proclaimed with her lips that she was the creation of the Creator and she would follow through on what He asked of her. This beautiful proclamation is one that sets an example to all—young and aged. Unfortunately, I fear that not many of us have not yet allowed these words to sink deep into us.
This young woman went on to cradle Jesus, the One born unto this world to die a harsh death, in her arms. Jesus could have stopped it all, which He clearly stated:
Or do you think that I cannot call on my Father, and He will provide me here and now with more than twelve legions of angels?Matthew 26:53 (CSB)
But He did not. He loved us too greatly to not carry through. He was to die, shedding His Holy blood, for all so that we could be forgiven. This act was not one we deserve, but God thought otherwise and I am beyond grateful for that.
That is who Mary birthed, cradled, loved, and cared for with her whole heart. She knew the prophesy, yet she poured into Him. She was the mother who saw her son be crucified and the mother who grieved, but not only that… She was the mother who would have done it all again with the same demeanor—humble.
It is cruical that women of this nation learn that humility is what Christ asks of us. Once we learn this, God can use us in powerful ways. Humility is a superpower in and of its self, so let us welcome it into our lives and instill it into husbands and children.
Although it is considered a Christmas passage, I see it differently. Mary was a real, in-the-flesh woman who saught God. She was just like us. A teenager, on top of that. She had struggles and she had fears, but she allowed the King of Peace to rule her. I’m sure she had moments where it proved hard to keep from pride, but she learned from her young age that her humility caused for great things.
Pride must die in you, or nothing of heaven can live in you.Andrew Murray
This is a message that is to be stretched throughout the whole year and all the years to come, not just Christmas.