Friday 8th September 2017

Luke 1: 39-55 (NKJV)

Now Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, to a city of Judah, 40and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. 41And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. 45Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfilment of those things which were told her from the Lord.” 46And Mary said:

“My soul magnifies the Lord,
47And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
48For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant;
For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.
49For He who is mighty has done great things for me,
And holy is His name.
50And His mercy is on those who fear Him
From generation to generation.
51He has shown strength with His arm;
He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
52He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
And exalted the lowly.
53He has filled the hungry with good things,
And the rich He has sent away empty.
54He has helped His servant Israel,
In remembrance of His mercy,
55As He spoke to our fathers,
To Abraham and to his seed forever.”

Mary was humble enough to visit her cousin though chosen by heaven to be the mother of the Saviour of mankind. Elizabeth in Luke 1: 43 noted this by saying, ‘who am I that the mother of my Lord should visit me?’ This is unlike the character of some men and women today when they receive blessings of promotion. They suddenly become too proud to relate with others around them and even attend church activities. This ought not to be so.

Note also that in Luke 1: 41 when Elizabeth heard the sound of Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb and she became filled with the Holy Spirit. The result of Mary’s greeting was an impartation of the Holy Spirit and a physical response from a human womb. What do you carry and dispense to people around you? So many people today transmit hatred, gossips, divisions, rancour, criticisms and backbiting. Their presence brings strife to peaceful environments, complaints to contended families and hatred to peace loving communities. Our society needs people like Mary who will transmit the love and Spirit of God to others around them. Will you be one?

Prayer: Father, help me to be humble when promoted and to transmit Your grace to others around me.