God’s Humble Servants

The thing that strikes me most about Mary’s song is that she is so humble.  She had recently discovered that she was going to give birth to the Savior of the world!  She was hand-picked by God to be the mother of Jesus.  What an amazing honor!  She might have been tempted to think quite highly of herself.  But she did not.  Rather, in her song from Luke 1:46-56 she offers praise to God.  Verse 48 says, “From now on all generations will call me blessed” (Luke 1:48, NIV).  But notice why they are going to call her blessed.  It is because “the Mighty One has done great things for me–holy is His name” (Luke 1:49, NIV).  She is not called blessed because she was perfect or holy or worthy of praise.  She is called blessed because of God’s gracious act.  God chose her to be Jesus’ mother by His grace.  I think that one of the reasons God chose Mary was because of her humility.  It was one of the things Jesus would need to learn.  Philippians 2:8 (NIV) says:

And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!

Jesus’ humility led Him to the cross.  He could have called down legions of angels to rescue Him.  He could have called down fire from the heavens to consume His enemies.  He could have saved Himself from the cross.  But He didn’t.  Why not?  Because He was humble.  May we learn to imitate the humility of Mary and the humility of our Savior.

Luke 1:46-56 (NIV)

Mary’s Song

46 And Mary said:

“My soul glorifies the Lord
47     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49     for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name.
50 His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
55 to Abraham and his descendants forever,
just as he promised our ancestors.”

56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.

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