Sunday, December 5, 2010

December 5 (Luke 1:48)

…for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant… (NIV)

Mary truly understood what receiving the ultimate Christmas gift meant. After it had been revealed that she would be the mother of God in the flesh, she acknowledged that she had done nothing to deserve such a privilege.

We may become puffed up with our many accomplishments in the world, even with all the great things we do for God, but at the end of the day, we are merely servants. The truly great ones, of course, are those who do not think they are. Yet God remembers His servants in their humility. He knows each and every one of His children. He sees the one living in squalor and the one who inhabits the penthouse. He knows the labors of the custodian and the multi-million dollar deals of the executive. He is mindful of us all.

The incredible thing about Christmas is that not only is He mindful of us, He has deigned to give us the most extraordinary gift of all, His own Son. This is a gift greater than the humble could ever wish for, more wonderful than the great could ever hope to attain. Pause for a moment and realize with Mary that although you are truly nothing in and of yourself, yet God saw you from eternity and loved you enough to give you His son.

Glory to God in the highest! May Your name be praised forever in my heart and from my lips, Lord! May I never overlook the greatest of gifts, Jesus Christ, and the greatest of affections, that You would want to give this gift to me. Amen.

Copyright © 2010 by Steven R. Perkins

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