And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed. Luke 1:46-48 (ESV)
The influence of humility is perhaps more powerful than any other attribute. We notice humble people. We are humbled when around humble people. While it appears at times the world admires the arrogant and self-loving, in reality it is the humble that gain our respect and admiration.
Was it Mary’s humility that caused You to choose her from among all the women in history to be the mother of Jesus? We know so little about her, the young woman into whose care You gave Your Son. A humble woman birthing a humble Son. Two people who bowed their heads before You and chose to do Your will rather than their own. “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord,” said Mary after hearing Your plan for her life. Although she was young in years, and did not comprehend the full meaning of the angel’s message, Mary’s response revealed her humble trust in You, her Lord and Savior.
Lord, what keeps me from being humble? I know it isn’t my perfection. It can’t be my all-knowing wisdom. If there is anything I have found in this life, it is my need for Your holiness and Your wisdom. May I respond as Mary did so many years ago, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord.”