Mary- Mother of Jesus
When I think of women in the Bible I would like to emulate, Mary quickly comes to mind. If I had been in Mary’s shoes, when Gabriel first told her she was to give birth to Jesus, I wish I could believe I would act similarly. But in reality, my reaction probably would have been one of disbelief and panic. I have always struggled with caring too much about the opinions of other people. I’m sure after I got the “How is this possible?” question answered, my next thoughts would be along the lines of “How do I explain this Joseph? Will my parents disown me? What is everyone going to think of me? The village gossips will surely have a field day with this.” Mary responds with “I am the Lord’s servant, and I am willing to accept whatever He wants. May everything you have said come true.” This demonstrates her trust, obedience, and submission to God’s will for her life.
She also recognizes the extreme honor involved in this chosen role. “Oh, how I praise the Lord. How I rejoice in God my Savior! For he took notice of His lowly servant girl, and now generation after generation will call me blessed.” We see the strength of Mary’s faith. When she heard the news, she believed that she was carrying God’s promised Messiah. She recognized Jesus was not only her son but also her Savior. We are reminded that the qualities God values in people are so different than what the world values. When God decided who would bring His child into the world, He did not choose a royal, highly educated or wealthy woman. He chose a peasant who was humble, obedient, trusting and strong in her faith.
It takes a very special woman to birth, and raise, the Son of God. Imagine the enormous responsibility she felt in rearing Him. An imperfect mother, caring for the only perfect being to walk the earth. It must have been bittersweet for Mary as she witnessed Jesus in His ministry, intense motherly pride as he taught and performed miracles, along with anger and frustration as she saw many reject Him. I cannot imagine the heartbreak she felt watching Him die on the cross. Although Mary was likely overwhelmed and did not fully understand what this chosen role would involve when Gabriel gave her the news, she willingly made herself available to God’s plan for her life.
1. Imagine yourself in Mary’s situation. What would your reaction have been?
2. What does obedience and submission to God mean to you?
3. Is there an area in your life you feel like you are resisting obedience to God?
4. Has there been a time in your life when you obediently followed God’s will, even though you were scared?