Many of us want to be blessed and highly favored, but just saying those words doesn’t mean that we are. God chose Mary, but the only way she was able to receive her blessing was because she submitted to God. And the only way she submitted to God was because she was humble. God has many blessings in store for us, but sometimes we forfeit them because we lack humility. I believe God wants to use us for singularly spectacular missions so that we can truly say we are blessed and highly favored beyond our position in Jesus Christ. But the only way God can use us is if we are humble like Mary:
We must 1) and 2) like Mary did. In Luke 1:46-55, Mary acknowledged that God
1. is mighty
2. is holy
3. keeps his promises; and
she understood something about how he chooses people to bless beyond his daily mercies. In Mary’s own case, she said God regarded her low estate. She observed that he
4. debases the mighty;
5. exalts those of low degree;
6. is merciful to those that fear him;
7. helps those who serve him;
8. gives good things to the needy; and
9. denies those who are not in need.
I think seeing what Mary saw about God will guide us so we don’t expect God to bless us because we think we deserve it. The two main requirements for blessings from God that I see in this passage are humility and fear of the Lord. When we are humble, we will exalt God. When we fear God, we want to please him so we exalt Him. If we are truly humble and have fear of God, we can expect blessings because that’s what God promises (James 4:10). But doing what looks like humility and fear of God (to try to receive blessings) will only get us called out (Acts 8:9-23). As we know, we look at the outward appearance of things, but God looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7). So let’s take a lesson from Mary that we might humble ourselves, fear God and allow God to perform the details of giving us blessings. I believe there will be a lot more of us who will truly be able to say they are blessed and highly favored.
Copyright 2010 by Rhonda J. Smith