Luke 1:46-50 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name. And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.
Mary is probably the most venerated, adored, worshipped woman in the history of the world. People speak of her in almost divine terms. They speak of her as though in some way she deserved what happened to her. She didn’t see it that way.
Check out the bold text above. She is magnifying the Lord. She is calling God her Saviour! She realizes that He took notice of her when she didn’t deserve it! She realizes that all that will hear of her and what God has done in her life will say that God blessed her very much. She realizes that it was not what she had done but what He did.
This is a picture of grace. Do you notice what is going on here. Mary will become a very central figure in Roman Catholic theology and history. She will be reverenced and referenced by many. She reminds us that she didn’t deserve it and was astonished at how good God had been to her.
That is exactly what happens when you get saved. You need to realize that it is 100% a work of God in your life. He takes notice of you in your low estate. You have done nothing that would cause Him to save you but He does because He is good!
The idea here isn’t that Mary was good or that you are good. Rather the idea is that God blessed her and God blessed you when He saved you. You didn’t deserve it but He did.
Mary honestly thinks that in the future people will see her as the object of blessing. She got the blessing. She didn’t do the blessing.
Somewhere along the way we get a superior attitude if we aren’t careful. I am talking about born again people now. We seem to act as though we are better than others. We seem to act as though some how we deserved His grace.
We can mistreat people outside of the Lord, those that aren’t saved. We somehow develop a super critical spirit and better than thou attitude because we have forgotten that it wasnâ€™t us, it was Him.
It is all His goodness!