Mary responds very quickly to the words of blessing from Elizabeth. “And Mary said, “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).
The phrase “humble estate of His servant” has some instructions for us to consider. It means the “low status of a slave woman” but ‘happy and content’ in that role. Having worked for over thirty years in ‘corporate America’, I know first-hand the pressure that is placed on those in management to excel and move up the ladder to a bigger, better position. Unfortunately, I have seen this same attitude mark those in ministry. This is a sure way to make your life and ministry very unfruitful.
In several letters, Paul refers to himself as a “slave –doulos” of Jesus Christ. Like Mary, special assignments that bring glory to God require humble slaves who are willing to carry out the work assigned them without credit and without recognition. ARE YOU READY?