What A Privilege!
Luke 1:46 & 47, 49-51 (NASB/NLT)
46 And Mary said,
“Oh, how my soul praises the Lord.
47 How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!
49 For the Mighty One has done great things for me;
And holy is His name.
50 He shows mercy from generation to generation
to all who fear Him.
51 He has done mighty things with His arm!…
What would you deem as the greatest privilege in your life? What do you most aspire to do?
To Mary, it seems like being able to conceive and give birth to Jesus, the Savior of the world, is her greatest privilege in life.
It is great news that God is sending His Son to the world as a Savior to die for our sins. But not necessarily for Mary at that time. For her, this is going to be disturbing and threatening. In fact, her life will soon get pretty messy. Being engaged to Joseph and having not consummated the marriage, her pregnancy is going to invite suspicion from Joseph, as well as gossip from people around her. She may even be at the risk of being executed for adultery.
Yet, Mary praises the Lord and rejoices in God, her Savior. She regards herself blessed and proclaims that the Mighty One has done great things for her. She declares God’s Name as holy.
All the practical implications of her pregnancy do not seem relevant to Mary, as she wholly rejoices in what God is doing for all mankind. She sees herself as most blessed and most privileged for being given the role of delivering Jesus Christ, even though it comes with a great personal cost.
I am totally awe-struck by Mary. She does not look at the situation through the lens of her own life. She views only what God is doing in her, for all the people. And for that, she is filled with praise and worship for God.
How I need to learn from Mary! Yes, I do regard it as a privilege to be used by God to share and deliver His Gospel. I am aware that this privilege comes with personal sacrifice and cost. But the extent of Mary’s God-centeredness marvels me. At the same time, it challenges me.
Obeying God’s commandment and calling to evangelize, win souls and disciple believers, entails personal cost. I must learn from Mary, to constantly fix my eyes on what God wants to do with my life, and tune out voices of self-interest. I need to always remember what the Word of God says in Matthew 6:33 (NASB), “But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” I must remember what Jesus tells His disciples in Luke 9:23 (NIV), “Whoever wants to be My disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow Me.”
It is by remembering the Word of God and remembering people like Mary in the Scripture, that helps me to give proper context for my life, and reminds me what a privilege it is to give of myself for the sake of God’s Kingdom.
Indeed, I can say, “…the Mighty One has done great things for me” as Mary says in Luke 1:49 (NLT). God has given me Jesus as my Savior while I was still a sinner. And now, Jesus lives in me and I am called to deliver His Gospel and salvation to the world. This is an immense privilege worthy of my praise and thanksgiving to our Almighty God.
Like Mary, all believers of Christ have been given this amazing privilege of bringing Jesus into the lives of people. We must see the dire need for those who have not known Jesus to hear the Gospel. At the same time, recognize that there are fellow believers around us who need to be taught and discipled in their faith journey.
This Christmas season, let us with praise and thanksgiving, take up our Cross daily, and deliver Jesus and His Good News to the world. We are most blessed and most privileged to be used by God in this way!
Join me in this prayer.
“Dear God Almighty, I praise Your holy Name and rejoice in You. You are our Almighty God Who works miracles. Where there is no way for us to escape from our sin, You provided us with a Way through Your Son, Jesus. You have indeed done great things for us. I pray, O God, You continue to work even greater things in my life so that I am able to serve You and all of Your people in a greater measure. Yes, God, it is a privilege to be used by You to deliver Jesus to the world. I surrender my life to You for this purpose, giving You thanks that as I do so, You are adding to my life all that I need. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.”