Friday – December 2, 2016
Read: Luke 1:46-55
Focus: vs 48
“My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant.”
The humble state of his servant…In the Living Bible it uses the term lowly servant. This really speaks to me. Mary is saying that she feels unworthy. That she is a nobody and doesn’t understand why God has even noticed her. Doesn’t that just speak volumes about the God we serve? He doesn’t see rich or poor, master or slave. He sees our potential! He looks on us with His great love and sees what we can become. The bible is full of stories where God took imperfect people and used them to accomplish great things!
From the time I was small, I can remember my mother encouraging my siblings and I to singing specials in church. So when I was a teenager I spent a lot of time singing to accompaniment tapes. One of the songs that became a favorite of mine included the lyrics “He knows the me, the me nobody knows.” Later in the song it states, “He sees my heart”. I think this is what Mary must be feeling when she sings her song. God sees my heart and even though I feel unworthy and like I can’t do anything important, God knows the truth! He sees the me nobody else see and the me that I can’t even see yet. He knows what my potential is and just how it can be used for the benefit of His kingdom. The trick is that we have to be like Mary and accept the gift. We have to accept God’s love and guidance. It doesn’t do God or me any good to say He accepts me if I am not willing to open myself up to be used by Him.
What does this mean? Well, it means that I need to be praying more and seeking His guidance. I need to be in His Word and listening to the still small voice that is there to guide me. It also means that I need to share His acceptance with others. I need to tell others of God’s love. I also need to follow God’s example and look at others with acceptance. I need to see everyone as being loved by God and not through the lens of this world.
I pray this Christmas that above all else, you feel God’s acceptance and that you will help me share that acceptance with others.