Living Like Mary, God’s Humble Maidservant

Living Like Mary, God's Humble Maidservant; Martin Schongauer, betende Maria vom Orlier-Altar aus dem Unterlinden-Museum in ColmarWith all of the talk of mothers over the weekend, it got me thinking of the ultimate mother in history. The mother of Jesus. Catholics focus much devotion on Mary, but other Christian denominations tend to save the reflections on the important role that Mary played for Christmastime.

Without Mary, there would be no Jesus. This wasn’t a decision to enter into lightly for Mary. It was the ultimate act of faith and sacrifice. My first thought is, “What must have gone through Mary’s head when the angel appeared to her?” An unwed mother could be stoned to death. She was engaged to a man with whom she had no relations. It gave Joseph every right to abandon her and label her as a wanton woman.

Perhaps these things did go through Mary’s mind. But the Bible makes no mention of this. There is no mention of long, pregnant pauses (no pun intended) while she considered the proposal. The only protest she gave was “How can this be since I am a virgin?” (Luke 1:34, ESV). The angel’s response is one of my favorite verses in the Bible: “…nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:37, ESV). Mary’s reply? “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38, ESV).

Wow! That didn’t take long. No response of “Could I have 24 hours to discuss it with my family?” No “I’m not sure this is a good idea…” Pure, total, unwavering trust in God. Possibly sacrificing everything, including her upcoming marriage and her life.

The Bible also doesn’t mention Mary’s background, just that she “found favor with God” (Luke 1:30, ESV). What must she have done? What kind of devout life must she have lived?

How can we be more like Mary? Can we listen to God’s calling for us even if it is difficult or inconvenient? Can we be a humble servant, like Mary (Luke 1:48, ESV)?

I often pray that I understand God’s calling for me. I feel like I try to listen to what he is calling me to do. Being a servant, though? Sometimes I struggle with that. My life is so busy right now between work, blogging, and family. How can I adequately be a servant to others? I repeat JOY (Jesus first, Others second, Yourself third) in my head, but I don’t think I’m quite living up to it.

In this month that we celebrate mothers, let’s take some time to reflect on how we can be more like Mary, God’s most humble maidservant and mother.

5 thoughts on “Living Like Mary, God’s Humble Maidservant

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  2. Roxy

    Dear Lisa, I think this was very well written! She was a vessel that God was able to use. And I know that He is using you! Life is real and this is not a dress rehearsal and we our but dust!
    And I think being a servant can just be being kind and encouraging others! A plate of cookies, taking a friend out to lunch. I am inspired and I know there is much we can be thankful for of what she did, and how we learned to ponder things in our hearts as she did with her child.
    She even worshiped Jesus, she knew He was Deity!
    I wanted to thank you for Linking up to the party this week, please come again and share!
    Blessings, Roxy

  3. Surrounded by the Spirit

    Hi Lisa! I really do love Mary’s servant heart. I’m right with you in your thoughts about her reaction to the angel’s news. “You want me to WHAT??” I think my immediate response would be “Why?”
    She is such a model of the servant and obedience too.

    Love that ‘Joy’ thing too. I have never heard of that!
    Have a blessed day,

    1. Lisa Post author

      Thanks for stopping by, Ceil! I have to admit that I “borrowed” JOY from the Duggars. I feel like I’ve heard it at church, too, though.

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