Words from the Heart for Tuesday December 7th, 2021
He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble.
Luke 1:52 (NIV)
Mark Fitzgerald in a strength and conditioning coach with the Toronto Maple Leafs. In an online article to young people planning a coaching career, Mark says, “Get a mentor or mentors as early as you can in your career and don’t try to emulate them, instead learn what you can and apply it to yourself and your environment. Be a mentor to someone else as you move through your career. My very last one is something that I say a lot, and it can mean different things to everyone, be humble.”
The world celebrates pride. It encourages people to take pride in so much – our identity, our education, our work, accomplishments, our income and so many other things. As usual, everything is different in the kingdom of God. Mary, the mother of Jesus, understood this. In response to the news that she would bear the Messiah, Mary proclaims this in Luke 1:52: “He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble.” In Mary’s world the likes of her were hardly noticed. Those in positions of power and authority often used that power to keep the powerless under their thumb. Mary understood that the kingdom of God turns the principles of the world upside down. God brings down the proud – the Bible teaches that pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall. In choosing Mary God was making a bold statement – He chooses those who are faithful and humble, recognizing their need for Him. There is no place in the life of a follower of Jesus for pride. All we have we have because of Him – He deserves all the credit and all the praise.
These have been words from the heart.