By: Darrelyn L. TuttMary ...She wasn't looking to be something great, do something great,or be known as someone great.This is what makes the personhood of Mary so great.Everything about Mary speaks to simplicity.--------In a world that prizes and idolizes gifts, talents, achievements, abilities, looks, fame, fortune, name, money, charisma, etc ...God sets the stage and places His name on a cast of characters that nobody even knows until He names them.The whole Christmas story glows with the glory of God ... and not the glory of man.This was the plan all along ...And it still is."But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty. And base things of the world and things which are despised, hath God chosen; yea, and things which are not to bring to nought things that are,That no flesh should glory in His presence."1 Corinthians 1:27-29------Mary, the mother of Jesus, wore the garment of humility beautifully.She knew God.She believed God.She loved God.Virginity of soul, spirit, and body belonged to her.Small wonder that God cast His greatest blessing on her and His holy eye on her.-------Mary reacted to the words of miraculous, mind-blowing wondrous declaration with a simple verbal posture of submission, belief, and humility:"Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to Thy word. And the angel departed from her."Luke 1:38-------In humble adoration from beautiful lips, pours forth the most impregnated praise of a heart sincerely overwhelmed and overflowing with the goodness and wonder of God, that ever lived.Without further "ado" or any other considerations of Mary put forth; we keep our focus on the "One" she was focused on, and together with her, we give our Savior praise:"My soul doth magnify the Lord. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior. 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. He hath showed strength with His arm; He hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree. He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich He hath sent empty away. He hath helped His servant Israel in remembrance of His mercy. As He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed forever."Luke 1:46-55-------Have a reflective "Mary" Christmas.Appreciate the "Story of Glory" in all of its simplicity and power;and bow before the King in true surrender.God is well-pleased and reveals Himself to the lowly, simple, and seeking.Strive to be one of those ...------STUDY FOR GROWTH:1) Read the "Mary" accounts in the Gospels. What about "Mary," encourages and challenges you?2) What "Mary" characteristics compose you?3) What does God seek to do through ordinary individuals, and what does this mean to you?Create a list of characters and scriptures which speak to the extraordinary power of God and His selection of extraordinarily, ordinary individuals.Be blessed.------
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