When I think of Mary, the mother of Jesus, I think of perfect peace. I see Mary as calm, steadfast, and full of grace. I picture a woman who is the epitome of a gentle spirit and fierce faith. She’s someone I wish I could be.
As we finish our series and embark upon the holidays, I feel like it is only fitting to take a look in to Mary’s life and what makes her the ultimate role model for women.
While Mary’s story can be found throughout all four gospels, as well as in Acts, we are going to be specifically looking at where her story begins – the conception and birth of Christ.
1. Obedient // Mary embraces God’s will.
Luke 1:38 (ESV)
And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
For starters, I cannot imagine what it would have been like to have an angel approach you; and not only approach you, but greet you with such incredible and quite unbelievable news.
After Gabriel shares with Mary God’s plan, she does what anyone would do, she asks questions, and when Gabriel answers her, her response is absolutely breathtaking. “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38)
Here is this young, poor, girl, who during her time, would make her seem unusable for such an extraordinary task. Yet God chooses Mary for the most important act of obedience that has ever been placed on a human. And instead of question God’s call on her life, she owns it.
2. She Trusts and Believes // Her faith is so strong, the people around her notice it.
Luke 1:45 (ESV)
And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.
While Mary is visiting her relative, Elizabeth, not only does Elizabeth rejoice that Mary has come, but the baby in her womb leaps with joy! In verse 45, Elizabeth goes on to say, “blessed is she who believed that there would be fulfillment.” She not only feels Mary’s belief, she sees it.
I don’t know about you, but I would love to be the woman whose faith is so strong that the everyone I encounter feels the light of Christ. I want to stand so firm in my believes and trust in the Lord, that people can literally feel joy. And that’s exactly the vibe that Mary puts off.
3. She Praises // Mary accepts God’s gift.
In chapter 1 verses 46-55, we see Mary sing a song of praise to God for what he has spoken over her life and what is about to unfold. Her song actually starts off saying that her soul magnifies the Lord. During her praise she isn’t just owning what was spoken to her, she is giving credit where credit is due. Mary is singing aloud the works of Christ in her life, not just singing about the blessing, but rather the one doing the blessing.
How many times have you waited to celebrate God’s work in your life? How often do you (myself included) rejoice before His promises have even transpired? If only we could all be a little more like Mary, and have souls that magnify Christ in our lives – how many more people would feel the joy and see the light that he has provided for us. How many more people whose lives would be touched.
In the next chapter, we go on to witness the most extraordinary birth story of Jesus. We actually get to see Mary’s obedience and praise pay off and bring about the most precious gift the world has seen. Which I think uniquely qualifies her as an undeniably amazing role model for women.
So here are some of our biggest takeaways.
- God is able use you no matter your talents, gifts, abilities, or current season of life.
- Mary could have faced large amounts of scrutiny. She could have been left by Joseph, and rejected for marriage. Yet Mary trusts and believes in God and his word.
- Obedience honors the Lord.
Join us on Facebook for our live discussion as we share our take aways from Mary’s story on Monday, December 18th at 9:00pm CST. I hope to see you there! And if you’ve missed any of the previous studies from this series, I’ve linked them below. xo
PS. Gentle Spirit, Fierce Faith: Ruth, Gentle Spirit, Fierce Faith: Hannah, Gentle Spirit, Fierce Faith: The Shunammite Woman, Gentle Spirit, Fierce Faith: Esther, Gentle Spirit, Fierce Faith: Mary of Bethany