Women in the Bible II: Day

Mary: saved

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Today's Text: John 19:25-27, Luke 1:46-55

Text: John 19:25-27, Luke 1:46-55

On Mother’s Day this year, our pastor looked at our congregation with a knowing smile and said, “I’ll bet there are quite a few of you here today only because your mother wanted nothing more than for you to go to church with her.” There was laughter and knowing looks exchanged.

The prayer of every Christian mother’s heart is for her children to know the Lord. Who knows how many tears have been shed over wayward children, how many lips have begged God to intervene in the life of a child?

Nothing could delight a believing mother more than to know her child has willingly chosen to live a life with Christ at the center.

As we wrap up our study of Mary today, we take a look at how her role shifts over the life of Jesus. She has an unusual story. Her child was Christ. He still needed to obey His Heavenly Father, but her faith in Jesus would be crucial for her own life. She had a dual purpose – to be a godly mother to Him and a believer in who He was.

As she watched Jesus being crucified, her heart must have shattered and yet rejoiced in some small way. Her son, her beloved child, had fulfilled a purpose greater than anything man had ever experienced. His life would change millions. Their earthly mother-son relationship touched Him to the very end, for even as He was dying He wanted her to be cared for. “When Jesus saw His mother there, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to her, ‘Woman, here is your son,’ and to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ ” (John 19: 26-27 NIV)

As we look for a role model in our lives as women, Mary is a wonderful example of how a sinful, poor, still-childlike girl can be chosen to carry and raise the most precious gift God ever gave us. She wasn’t perfect, she stumbled, yet she was there to the very end, waiting for her son to take His place in the Kingdom of Heaven.

“From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me – holy is his name.” (Luke 1:49 NIV)

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  • Margaret

    As I read todays devotion I was reminded that God chose Mary to carry Jesus in her womb. He had to have known she was strong enough to do this. Sometimes allows thing in our lives to happen because he knows we are strong enough to endure the trials and still keep the faith. I can not imagine how hard it would be to watch your son die especially a horrific death like Jesus died. Had she not had her faith and God to lean on for support, I doubt she would have succeeded. I know I wouldn't have. God knows who to choose for his special task. Those that will endure and keep the faith till the end.

  • Melaniekwow

    Thank you dear sisters in Christ. The Word of The Lord comforts me. And all of you encourage me.

  • Charmaine

    Annals you said exactly what I would have said. I can relate to every thing you said. It’s like we are living the same life right now with the reconciling with an old friend and moving on from my first love. So I like you know and believe that God is well able to do what needs to be done without our help. Thank you so much for that wonderful prayer that I trust and believe God has already answered.

    Be blessed my sister.

  • Anna Lee, thank you for your meaningful words and heart-felt prayer!!! Amen

  • Rebecca Maier

    Can’t wait to start reading this every day!

  • "She wasn’t perfect, she stumbled, yet she was there to the very end, waiting for her son to take His place in the Kingdom of Heaven."
    She wasn't perfect, she stumbled, yet she was there to the very end. Today, in a day full of plans and chaos, my mind is having a hard time focusing in on what Christ is wanting to show me. On days like this, where I am trying to sort out conflict, balance friendships, and do errands all in the same day, I am reminded that I do not need to be superwoman to be a Godly woman, nor will I have to be supermom to be a Godly mom. Today, I've re-realized my dependence on Christ in things that I can't control/have a hard time managing- like my acne, or knowing how to reconcile with a friend, or knowing how to move on from my first love. Father, in these things, I am insufficient and broken. My emotions flare up, and my flesh regularly tries to take hold. Thank you for your grace; thank you for being sufficient in my insufficiency! Thank you for forcing me to trust you with things that I can not deal with on my own- thank you for being close to me through absolutely everything, because I can't do ANYTHING on my own. "They are weak, but He is strong."

    I read Huck Finn a while back, and this quote has always stuck to me. More than ever, it's become the thing I tell myself when I want to take everything into my own hands.
    "I went right along, not fixing up any particular plan, but just trusting to Providence to put the right words in my mouth when the time come; for I’d noticed that Providence always did put the right words in my mouth, if I left it alone."

    Father, I pray today that as all of us human believers struggle through conflict and trial, you'd make your presence known in our lives, and in turn, that we'd learn to trust you with more and more and more. We may stumble (A LOT, I may add), but I pray that you'd ground us– and that we all would, til the end, be there, willing to live FOR you and trust IN you for all things. Thank you, father– Praise your Holy Name!
    I trust you with all on my busy heart and mind, father. I dedicate this day to you.

    • Diana_Stone

      I love this. I'm glad you shared the real emotion and life side of your struggles as I know so many of us have the same on a daily basis. "I am reminded that I do not need to be superwoman to be a Godly woman, nor will I have to be supermom to be a Godly mom." Amen – how easy that is each day – each hour – to forget as life overwhelms.

    • hotchabyrd

      AnnaLee-
      Thank you so much for your vulnerability and being willing to share what the Lord is teaching you!
      LOVE the reference to Huck Finn!

      -Jesyka

  • I've been on a Jane Austen reading kick the past week (and Sherlock Holmes before that.)

    God has reminded me today that, as romantic, suspenseful, and engaging those stories can be, the GREATEST story ever told is that of Jesus — complete with mystery, suspense, action, adventure, romance, and chivalry.

    What a beautiful, beautiful story!

    • hotchabyrd

      DagliaC-

      So true! Thank you for sharing…and you have good taste in reading material! :)

      -Jesyka

  • Today's passage in Luke 1:46-55 is one of the few places we "hear" Mary speak from her heart Whenever her name is mentioned in scripture, she is demonstrating her willingness to live out her faith. The only exception is when she expresses anxiety over "losing" and subsequently finding Jesus at the temple in Jerusalem 3 days later. And the whole reason why they were even in Jerusalem in the first place was out of obedience. To observe the Feast of Passover.

    Hmmmm…I wonder, was this a shadow of the coming death of Jesus and resurrection 3 days later?

    Most of the references to Mary involve ACTION, albeit quiet action. She did the hard thing. She treasured God's work in her heart. She was thoughtful. She showed up. She obeyed. She put Jesus first and was happy to serve in quiet submission.

    And Jesus made sure she was well cared-for. In His humanity He honored her because she was His mother. In His divinity, He honored her because she served selflessly and stood out of the way so He could be glorified.

    • eradical84 (EllenMR)

      I think you're on to something! I don't think it's coincidence- "lost" then and finally found 3 days later… Thanks Junebug! You always make me think! :)

    • Diana_Stone

      Such a neat way of thinking about it – I've never put that together before! I love this, thank you for sharing.

  • Many years ago, my husband and I had trouble having children. Not unlike Hannah, we fervently prayed to The Lord , pouring out our Heart’s desire. I knew then what a gift from God that children are. And now that both my girls are young adults living their own lives one in a different city even, I can appreciate the trust that Mary had to have in God her Savior and the dependence on HIS strength knowing all along deep in her soul that she would have to release all her children(even the Son of God) into God’s loving care at some point. I am truly blessed as a mother to have been around to see 3 John: 4 come to fruition in my children’s lives although God is not finished with Any of us yet! :)
    thanks SRT so much for these thought provoking, spirit inspiring devotions! As flawed as I am, it is comforting to know there are others out there with similar struggles, etc. and that God is not finished with any of us yet!!!

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    Mary is almost always characterized as humble and submissive and quiet. She certainly was humble and submissive. Quiet, I am not sure. I see Mary as supernaturally strong. To maintain her faith in the words she heard from the angel, to allow Jesus to grow as He needed to, without pushing. To stand at the foot of the cross and watch her Son give up His life-STRENGTH! Mary was a strong servant and an amazing model for us.

    Much Grace Ladies

  • Alesha Blessed

    Reading this today, I was struck by Mary's humility. She realized that this gift of being the mother of Jesus was a "blessing"…it was special favor from God. It was a gift, not anything she did. And she gave all the credit back to God. I want to be humble like that and to fully give God glory for every good thing in my life. It's all from Him and by His grace anyways!
    Alesha

  • As I sit here and contemplate the life of Mary as the mother of Jesus I wonder if she ever just sat down and wondered how it would all end? She knew He was the Savior but did she try to figure out exactly how that would come about? She knew the scripture… did she go to bed at night with dread and sorrow knowing that one day He would be taken from her? Did she realize the torture He would go through? Just some thoughts as a mother. I pray that I would have the undeniable faith in God that she had…. to willingly without question put aside all else to follow God's plan. My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.

    • Jessica

      I thought about the same things. How hard would it be to watch your child go through all of that? Even knowing the outcome, how heartbreaking in the process. She was an amazing woman of faith and I can only pray to be more like her!

  • I love the devotion and dedication that Mary has. She is a wonderful example to me of a Godly woman. I thank God that her story and legacy is in the Bible. Thank you SRT for your great devotionals! Great job! xo

  • As mothers don't we all share this dual purpose… to be a godly mother FOR Him and a daily believer in who He IS. And don't we share this dual purpose for our own precious children, for His own precious children that we have been entrusted with, all of our little gifts… to be a godly mother to them and a believer in who they are, who He created? For they are fearfully and wonderfully made!! What a beautiful testimony of motherhood Mary has lived for us, truly inspiring.

  • Mary: fully poured out, submitted, humble, trusting, faith-filled. The mother of our Lord is a beautiful example of what true submission and trust in God looks like.

  • I love that as much as this passage is about Mary's faithfulness, dedication, and reliance on her Savior, it is also about the wonderful things He has done for us! It doesn't simply say that Mary rejoiced in what her Savior did for her– it lists her reasons (and our reasons) out! Mary, so full of grace, abandons what she had planned for herself and follows the plan-that remarkable, unbelievable plan- that the Lord had for her life. Oh to be like Mary!!

  • This study of Mary has opened my eyes to what a true, humble servant looks like. Mary was willing to give up all that she dreamed and planned for the moment God revealed His plan to her. She followed humbly, obediently, joyfully, and determined to fulfill God's plan. If only I can have as much faith, humbleness and obedience to God's plan in my own life! I want to permanently keep these lessons from Mary in my heart and mind as I set out everyday to listen for discernment in what God is calling me to do, and when it is revealed, to obediently follow without hesitation!

  • Mary's devotion to doing God's will in this study has truly come alive for me. She had a plan for her life, but she laid it all aside to answer God's high calling for her life without any complaining or grumbling. What a model of how our relationship with God should be!!! I pray that God will give me the discernment to know His will & the grace to follow it with a willing servant heart like Mary. Have a blessed day ladies!

    • Rachdl

      Lisa,
      What you said really spoke to me. I make plans alot and I am very organized. t times, I can let my plans getting the way of Gods plans. I know that I need to daily let go of control and die to myself because His ways are far greater than my own!

  • My soul glorified the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my saviour……

    I love those words….. Spoken so long ago and yet still, to this day very true . And worth keeping in our hearts and remembering through thick and thin….

    Thank you Lord that although i am nowhere near perfect, am a sinner, get it wrong….frequently, you are with me, you pick me up when i fall down, put me back on track, to the plan and purpose you have for me, Lord i pray that i Will to the best of my ability, be more like Mary, glorifying and rejoicing in you because you are my savior. Thank you Lord that you are….. I know not where i would be without you. In Jesus name, with thanks, i pray. Amen.

    Ladies. God bless you and yours, abundantly today. X

  • eradical84 (EllenMR)

    "My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant…'
    These first few words really seem to express the utter joy that someone as humble as Mary feels at being chosen by God- no matter the difficulties involved! Do I feel joy or react as joyfully as she when the Lord leads me to something? Do I just rejoice in the connection between myself and God, that He is there and TRYING to lead me in His plan for me? Or do I react with grumbling and doubt? Oh, to have Mary's heart! And that heart was tested and tried to be the chosen Mother of Christ, and must have been broken time and again during His lifetime. Yet she knows the blessings and great things He did for her. For you. For me.
    "From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me- holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation."
    We experience His mercies today and everyday, how many generations later? My prayer is to have a humble, willing heart like Mary's. That no matter the outcome, or what may happen during my walk with the Lord, that He finds a willing servant in me. It's much easier to find all the things that could go wrong on this walk than to just say " Okay, Lord! You lead and I'll joyfully follow!"

    • Keilah_

      “Do I feel joy or react as joyfully as she when the Lord leads me to something? Do I just rejoice in the connection between myself and God, that He is there and TRYING to lead me in His plan for me? Or do I react with grumbling and doubt? ”
      — Thank you for these! Meaningful thoughts for me to reflect on!

    • Candacejo

      Beautiful Ellen! Love you friend!

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