For He has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave; for behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed. For the Mighty One has done great things for me; and holy is His name. – Luke 1:48-49
Have you ever wondered how Mary would feel about the global phenomenon of “Mary-worship (Mariolatry)?”
You don’t have to search very far in the Gospels to find the humble, servant spirit of this dear young girl who reared Jesus, only to watch as He later died on a cruel cross. Mary never considered herself worthy of adoration, because in her heart and mind such devotion only belonged to “the Mighty One” whose “name is holy.” While Mary might have had some limited understanding of the important part she would play in Israel’s history and redemption, she desired no personal acclaim.
We who love her Son should call Mary simply and wonderfully “blessed.” She should be remembered and honored, but not worshiped. In many ways, Mary is our example. May we, like her, accept our personal role in bringing Jesus to a lost world, desiring no personal acclaim.
Anything more is idolatry and another offense to Mary’s Savior.
Do you seek any further reward beyond that of having pleased God? In truth, you know not how great a good it is to please Him. – John Chrysostom
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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