Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” And Mary said: “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. From now on all generations will call m 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. He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.” Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home. (Luke 1:45-56)
What is Mary’s generation?
It is a generation of men and women chosen by God to receive His blessing, and in return, they bless others.
In verse 48, Mary prophesied that all generations would call her blessed. Believe in a God of possibility. Believe that He can do things through you and in you in spite of our weakness.
- … the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:26-27)
Know that Christ in you is a mystery. He is at work in each of us, but we can easily get hurt or disappointed because the Church is not perfect, and neither are our brothers and sisters. We are all works in progress. We need to grow in the Lord Jesus Christ, as shown in the following highlighted portions of Scripture.
- My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you … (Galatians 4:19)
- Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. (Philippians 2:12-13)
God is constantly working in us to perfect us, and He has promised to help us.
Mary had something that has blessed far more than one generation. She had Jesus. She rejoiced because she left behind something that would last. She left behind a legacy. We too must leave a legacy, for the Holy Spirit lives in us.
Mary rejoiced because she had hope. We all have hope in Christ Jesus. God can use ordinary people like Mary, and like you. It does not matter what we have or do not have, only a lack of God’s blessing can oppress believers.
God cannot help prideful people. Humble yourself. Be a blessing to others. Have faith.
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.
- And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (Hebrews 11:1-2, 6)
Expectancy is the mother of testimony.