Go Low to Get High pt 1
(Supplemented by the concluding message from our ‘When I Grow Up’ series)
Reading: Luke 1 v 46 - 55
Just a quick read through the first few verses of our reading today may leave you thinking that Mary no longer feels like the poor, little peasant girl. Rather she sounds a little pompous, cocky even, as she assertively declares, ‘generations will call me blessed.’
Of course, we know there’s no pride here whatsoever. Rather, Mary shows a strong humility thathonours God and at the same time accepts her gifts and destiny. For the next three days, let’s consider three elements of humility and how they can help us follow Jesus well.
# 1. Humility acknowledges God
Hudson Taylor was scheduled to speak at a Large Presbyterian church in Melbourne, Australia. The moderator of the service introduced the missionary in eloquent and glowing terms. He told the large congregation all that Taylor had accomplished in China, and then presented him as "our illustrious guest." Taylor stood quietly for a moment, and then opened his message by saying, "Dear friends, I am the little servant of an illustrious Master."
Pride says, “I’m big news.” Humility knows God makes the news.
v 46 - 49 - ‘And Mary said, “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me - holy is his name.”’
Mary wasn’t cocky as much as she was grateful. She’s amazed that God would, and could, use her at all. And she’s clear where all the glory lies.
Before your day begins, reflect for a moment on the incredible things God has done to you and through you. Why not begin your prayer this morning with lavish praise and gratitude to the One who has literally changed your life forever.
‘Dear God, I thank you for all the things you have done for me and how you have changed my life. Thank you for sending Jesus to pay the price for my sins and making it possible for me to have a new start, a new heart and shape a new history. Amen.’