A lesson from 31 Days of Women from Scripture
Lessons from Mary, the Mother of Jesus
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.
Above is one of the better known prophecies of the coming Christ. Let’s learn about the woman who God chose to be part of the fulfillment of this prophecy.
In Luke 1:26 – 38 we read that the same angel, Gabriel, who visited Zacharias to tell of John’s birth, came to visit a virgin named Mary. She is engaged to Joseph of Nazareth. When Gabriel comes into Mary’s house he greets her by saying, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.”
Mary shows why she is “favored”. After Gabriel explains what is going to happen and Mary has her questions answered – her response to the whole thing is – “Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.”
So, the question is,
Would God Choose You to be Jesus’ Mother?
If you were in Mary’s place, would God choose you? Would He find the character traits that made Him favor her highly in you?
It is easy to forget that the Bible is full of REAL people.
Mary was a real young woman.
She was a real woman who had never been married before.
She was a real woman in whom God saw the character to be worthy of literally carrying GOD in her womb for nine months. That is huge!
Would you be willing to take the risk?
Let’s think for a minute about what this really meant for Mary.
It meant pregnancy outside of marriage.
It meant possibly losing the man she was engaged to marry – Joseph.
Financial hardship. How would she care for herself and this Son of God if she wasn’t married and was condemned by the people around her?
Would be willing to accept what Gabriel said with only the information we see given in scripture?
Mary’s willingness to accept this situation didn’t happen to her in that moment. Somewhere a long the way, she was instilled with the faith to believe Gabriel’s words, that they were from God, and that things would go as she was told.
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Do you have faith like Mary?
So, God has given you this wonderful young woman to read about in your Bible. What are you going to do with the information her story provides?
How do you build a faith like hers?
Diving into the scriptures is a perfect place to begin!
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ
Romans 10:17 NASB
Take a good look at her story.
Mary’s response to her circumstances at a young age is remarkable. God’s taking notice of her and choosing her is remarkable. I believe what made her stand out was her humility and her obedience. We see Mary’s thoughts on what is happening to her in Luke 1:46-55. How she expresses these thoughts shows that this young woman knew her scripture. This young woman had a proper respect for God and His authority. She does not come up with excuses like Moses (Ex. 3 – 4). She responds to the call just like Samuel (1 Sam. 3:4) and Isaiah (Is.6:8).
How can you step out in faith today the way Mary did?
Is your life lived as a sacrifice to God’s plan rather your own? (Rom. 12:1-2)
Are you being careful and keeping watch, as Mary did? (Mt. 26:41; Lk. 2:19; Acts 12:12) She didn’t give up on the work that was given to her, raising the Son of God. She was with Him right to the end (John 19:25-27).
That’s a pretty powerful example we have been given!
But, she didn’t have anything out of the ordinary about her. One of the lessons from Mary is that normal people can serve the Lord in big ways.
Another lesson is that God plan isn’t only worked out in pulpits. It is worked out in the home, in the arms of a mother caring for her children.
I encourage you to check out her story. And I would love to hear about what you learn! Comment below and let’s talk about the lessons we can learn from Mary, the mother of Jesus.