“She was greatly troubled at the saying (O favored one), and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be” (1:28). She did not consider herself in a place worth receiving favor. Mary’s spirit was so troubled that Gabriel had to tell her, “Do not be afraid, Mary”. Then he adds, “For you have found favor with God” (1:30). How could this be? This was so foreign to the habit of her heart that it required divine convincing she was the right one, at the right place, at the right time.
Mary was still not sure as demonstrated by her next question to Gabriel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin” (1:34). Everything the angel said to her did not match up with how she saw herself and conducted her life; unworthy and seeking to abide with God and His moral requirements.
This is the type of person God is looking for. Humility is never a ‘put-on’! It is, and must be built into the fiber of our being so that even when an unthinkable opportunity comes along, we doubt whether it can really be true. Like Mary, humility makes sure, double checks, and cross-examines opportunities to make sure they are not coming from a wrong source.
One more point – humility accepts a difficult assignment knowing that it is the Lord who will see you through to the end; “I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word” (1:38). Would you go the extra distance in making sure that your heart was controlled by humility?