For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden.
What a beautiful name by which to be referred:- "Handmaiden" What an exquisite name by which to refer to oneself! A handmaiden is one that devotes herself to the service and attention on an-other. It’s one whose loving devotion and wrapped attention is focused on serving another. "Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a handmaiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God – until that he have mercy upon us." Psalm 123:2
The eyes of the Lord had been upon the young Mary for many a year, for she was called and chosen to be His special vessel for His Unique Son. The righteousness of this woman had not gone unnoticed before the Lord, for the eyes of Mary had been upon the Lord for many a year during her short life. Her devotion to God dictated an equal devotion to the Son of His love. Her poverty and lowly state were no barrier to the Lord, for her delight was in the Lord. Indeed, her humility of heart and modest estate was what attracted His attention: "for who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies….. ..for a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised". Proverbs 31:10,30
There were many beautiful women in Israel at the time Mary was called and chosen, but she was one of a diminishing remnant – waiting for the coming of the Lord. Only the one whose heart was perfect toward the Lord can be used by the Lord. Only the one who is watching and waiting for the Lord is called and chose, "for the LORD's eyes behold and his eyelids try, the children of men – for many are called but few are chosen". "The eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him." Psalm 11:4 & 2 Chronicles 16:9
"Oh but.." you argue… "my life is not like – not like the mother of our Lord. My life was raised in the gutter and my heart has been bloodied in life’s cruel walk. "How?" you argue… "how could he use ME as He did the mother of my Lord?"
Ahh, Christian… she too needed a Saviour. She also required a Redeemer. Her sin was required a Saviour, no less than yours, nor less than mine: for all have sinned and fall short of His glory.. as it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: Remember, "that without shedding of Christ’s blood there is no remission of sins Hebrews." 9:22 – and that means no forgiveness for anyone – not for me, for you… not for Mary.
The gentle handmaiden of the Lord is in equal need of His grace and forgiveness, but once forgiveness is bestowed, ALL condemnation is eternally removed, forever: for there is therefore now NO condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit. Romans 8:1. Praise God!! There is NO exception to this – NONE! - including you and including me too. But there is one little clue that each of us should take to heart as we look at Mary. This young handmaiden was of low estate and lowly of heart.
Humility was her inner clothing. Her heart was ever open to the Lord’s examination. How do we KNOW that she was humble of heart? Well, "God resists the proud, and gives grace to the humble." The eyes of the Lord still look to and fro across the world, to see whom He can choose today. Can He choose you to be His special, lowly vessel? Can He choose me? Humble yourself, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. 1 Peter 5:6. Consider washing the feet of Another. Consider the Lord washing YOUR feet. Consider Humility.
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