Why the Mother of Jesus is a Model for All of Us

Sunday Musings

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.

Mary and Elizabeth - Painter: Dorothy Webster Hawksley
Painter: Dorothy Webster Hawksley : : Mary and Elizabeth

 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.

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