And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me — holy is his name.
His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.
Mary was overjoyed. She was overwhelmed. And so she sang. Of all the young women in the world, God had chosen her for an unbelievable role. She was very aware of her own humble position and the scale of what God was asking her to do. The greatest moment in the history of humanity, the birth of Jesus Christ, and she would play a pivotal role. No wonder she declared “He has…lifted up the humble”.
Mary was amazed. But then again God always seems to choose the most unlikely people and include them in his amazing plans for the world. There are many who believe that they are not religious enough, holy enough or good enough to ever be known by God. The message of the Bible, and the message of Christmas, is that these are the exact people that God chooses. In fact the Bible says that God chooses the foolish and the weak and the lowly (1 Corinthians 1 v 27-28).
God has always lifted up the humble, the hungry, the poor and the broken. Therefore there is something so powerful when we follow in his steps and do the same.
In November I had the privilege of spending 11 days in Kenya. I went with a team from a charity called SeeKenya and each day we offered eye tests, glasses, medication and education to help people to see clearly. It was so amazing to see the difference a pair of glasses can make to someone.
One day a young lad came in who was 8 years old. Unfortunately due to a severe allergic reaction he was blind in one eye and rapidly losing sight in the other. There was nothing we could do for him. In the UK he would have been treated as soon as the condition began. In the UK he would not be blind.
Though we could not restore his sight, I sat with him for 10 minutes and we chatted, played, laughed and I prayed and we sent him away with some great sunglasses to protect his eyes. In that moment I knew that we were able to do a good thing for that young lad and in doing so I know I connected with the heart of God.
Sometimes hope can come simply by one person choosing to do what is good to “lift up the humble” and fill “the hungry with good things”.
Jim Partridge is blown away by the grace of God, is married with four loud and lovely kids and leads the team at The King’s Church Mid-Sussex.
Today, at some point, you will have an opportunity to do a ‘good’ thing and often it is the small, simple things that make such a difference. For example, you could do the washing up at the staff kitchen. You could take 5 minutes to write a card to someone who needs encouragement. You could drop someone a text and tell them why you appreciate them. You could pick up some shopping for an elderly neighbour. Let’s all try and connect with the heart of God by doing whatever is good (Titus 3 v 8)