Every day I come across empty people. They chase one dream after another, but they have nothing in them that answers the longing of the heart – the God-shaped void that only He can fill.
After the angel spoke to Mary announcing that “the Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God,” Mary composed and sang a song that flowed out of her heart. Along with expressing that her “soul magnifies the Lord, and [her] spirit rejoices in God my Savior,” she says some very profound things that we need to meditate on.
“He has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty” (Luke 1:52–53).
Notice that Mary declares two sides of the coming of Jesus into the world. First, those who think they are something in the eyes of this world, are going to be “brought down” and the rich are going to feel what it means to be truly empty. Anything that anyone possesses outside of Christ is nothing and meaningless without Christ giving meaning and purpose to all we are and have.
On the other side of Mary’s worship is the beauty of being humble and hungry. The combination of these two qualities is that Jesus – and Him alone – will fill the life with His riches (Romans 9:23). “For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing His riches on all who call on Him” (Romans 10:12). From this day forward, let us tell empty hearts about the Person who can fill them!
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