Mary, the Mother of Jesus!
Scripture reading for October 21st: Luke 1-2
Godly mothers are a gift from the Lord to their children and to the world. I have a godly mother and am so thankful and blessed! My mother has a close walk with the Lord. She was saved when she was young and sought to live out that faith every day. She was faithful to read her Bible and teach her children. She was the Sunday School superintendent in our church as I grew up. Now 86 years young, she still joyfully serves her family and others by cooking and encouraging. She faithfully calls each of her many children, grandchildren and great grandchildren on their birthdays and sings to them! What a blessing now and to future generations!
In our reading today, Luke tells the story of two godly women who are key players in God’s work of salvation. Elizabeth is older and beyond the time of having children when God breaks into her life with a word from an Angel. This angel came to Zechariah, her husband, as he was offering incense before the Lord. He was told that his wife would have a son and his name was to be “John”. (A great name!) This son would go before the Lord in the spirit and power of Elijah. He would turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and prepare the people for the Lord. (Luke 1:13-17) As the angel predicted, Elizabeth became pregnant and remained in seclusion for five months. Her husband was unable to speak because he had doubted the angel’s prediction.
The second mother-to-be was Mary. She was a virgin, engaged to be married. Gabriel, an angel sent to her by God, announced her favor with God and told her that she would bear a child who would be called the “Son of the Most High.” Mary humbly asked how this could be since she was a virgin. The angel told her that the Holy Spirit would come upon her and she would conceive the child who would be the “Son of God”. Mary’s response was a picture of faith for all of us. “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” (Luke 1:38)
This new mother had the joy of carrying Jesus Christ from conception to birth and then raising Him in her home. I can imagine her joy and excitement, mixed with holy fear at all that had transpired. These women had the privilege of working with God to bring about His plan of salvation. Their faith and obedience was a blessing to their children and families, I am sure. But now that faith has impacted each of us and countless millions around the world! If we could get a grasp of the significance of our faith, it would motivate us to serve with joy in the small things the Lord asks of us. Let’s say with Mary, the mother of Jesus, “I am the Lord’s servant.”