Protestants don’t venerate or pray to Mary. But sometimes, they dismiss Mary’s example and fail to see in her a great woman of faith. Christmas time is a good time to reevaluate our whole approach to the mother of Christ. Perhaps this brief article will help move us all in the right direction.
Elizabeth to Mary, speaking of Mary’s faith
“Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!” (Luke 1:45)
Mary, after the Visit of the Shepherds
“But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” (Luke 2:19)
Mary after Finding Jesus in the Temple at the Age of Twelve
“… But his mother treasured all these things in her heart.” (Luke 2:51)
A couple of observations
- Mary valued the words of God to her and pondered their meaning as a lifestyle.
- Her habitual pattern was to treasure the word of God and to
- continually mull them over in her heart to plumb the depths of their connections and implications.
I want to be like Mary. I want to develop disciples who are like Mary. I want to train disciples, young and old, male and female, church planters and pastors who will develop church culture that will foster a Mary-like treasuring and pondering of the word of God. There is always something new to learn in a meditation on the meaning and events of surrounding the birth of Christ.
Follower of Christ
- Be Mary-like, be a treasurer of God’s word by daily making time in your schedule to think hard about the word of God.
- Start today.
Pastors and Church Planters:
- Model for and train your people to treasure the word of God.
- Equip them and exhort them and model for them and help them to learn the art of biblical meditation–the art of pondering deeply the word of the living God.