How you answer this question will determine how you live. Read the words of Mary, the mother of Jesus, upon discovering the news that she was carrying the Son of God in her womb.

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;
for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name. (Luke 1:46-49, ESV)

None of us can imagine the experience of Mary and the emotions she must have felt throughout her pregnancy. She truly stands alone in humanity as the one who brought the Messiah into the world.

However, her response demonstrates the view of God she already possessed prior to this spectacular event. She truly held a high view of God.

The truth is, God reveals himself differently to everyone. Our experiences with the Creator depend on how He chooses to interact with us. Our responsibility is to present ourselves humbly before God, seeing Him as truly glorious and worthy of our worship.

If God is merely a wish-granter, someone who sits around waiting for us to ask him for something, we will not be in a position of worship. We will have a view of God that is lower than even ourselves. We will find ourselves not looking up at Him in wonder, but down on Him in contempt.

But if God is mighty and holy, worthy of honour and praise, we will have a posture of submission and humility. Like Mary, we will be ready servants, looking for ways to show others the wonders of our great God.


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