The most important thing that I learned from Mary in the past has been Luke 1:38 ...be it unto me according to thy word. That was tremendous faith and obedience in action. She had to go through much persecution and hardship for a virgin birth. She had to bear the great burden of raising Jesus even though bearing the Savior of the World was a great honor. But Mary did not taste the very honor that people all through history had given her. Instead, she had to bear the pains of seeing her Son being nailed to the cross! By faith, she received the honor. This is reflected in her song of praise.
Mary's Christmas Message
Mary's song is also her Christmas Message for us. If you never heard her preached, here it is. Below are some points that I learned:
- About Worship
- Mary worshiped God with her mind & heart - her soul and spirit.
- She expressed with her mouth - Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised. Holy is His name v49.
- She expressed with her heart - she rejoiced. It is a song of gladness.
She shows us how to worship in spirit and in truth with true gladness. She gave good reasons for the joy and praise. It builds our faith.
- She gave the reasons for the worship and joy:
- About Me:
- God is my Savior v47 - God saved me.
- God chose me, a lowly handmaiden.
God can also choose you. It is not about your position and ability. It is about your heart. Are you willing to follow the path that God has created you for? Will you let God be your God? Will you trust God enough to yield to Him? Humility is not low self-esteem. It is accepting our unique calling from God and follows it with our life. Not condemning ourselves and not envying others. Take pride in the calling of God. (note: the calling of God is not about full-time
ministryonly. See Secular vs Spiritual Jobs)
- All generations shall call me blessed. That is great for Mary. We thank her for her obedience despite the hardship. Leaving a legacy requires obedience, hard work, discipline with joy in the midst.
- God had done to me great things. Greatness is defined by God and not by the worldly standard. Sometimes they are the same, e.g. making David King. Sometimes they are not, e.g. Paul, John, Jim Elliot as martyrs for God! For most of us, we just follow our calling by God. We are rewarded by the talents given to us to fulfill our calling. We just need to be faithful to that we are called. But one thing is for sure, God promotes us through life, step by step.
- About ALL: From me, Mary extends to others...
- God give mercy to them that fear him and is applicable throughout all generations. The Greek translated mercy may be better translated as compassion or kindness. Notice that is a qualification - those that fear Him. God's kindness is to received and can be rejected by the proud as reflected in the subsequent verses. In our case, this kindness is Jesus as Savior. Those who don't fear God could not care less about God or His gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.
- God shows His strength by overriding man's might and pride. What is great in man's eyes is nothing, even dung, in God's view. We must value what God value and not the man-made system.
- bring down the proud and mighty(in men own evaluation)
- bring up the lowly
- send the rich empty-handed away
- fill the hungry with good things
- God keeps His promise to Abraham, Jacob(Israel)
- Jesus, Abraham's seed to save the world was promised and delivered then.
- (Gal 3:29) And if ye [be] Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
- The believers are spiritual seeds of Abraham and enjoyed the promises God made to Abraham.
The very reason of Mary's Song of Praise and Joy is the delivery of God's promise - "Jesus, Son of God, as our Savior". Will you receive this Jesus, born of Virgin Mary, to be your own personal Savior and Lord and enter into the true Joy of the Lord in this Christmas time?
If you have already done so, have you discover your calling? Will you accept and walk in it with joy and grace from Jesus. Our Jesus who saves us with His grace will also give us the grace to live out His calling on our lives to His glory which we also share.
Lim Liat (c)