A Pattern of True Motherhood

by David and Stephen Olford

David and Stephen OlfordText: "(T)he virgin's name was Mary" (Luke 1:27; see 1:38, 1:46-55 and 2:51).

Thought: Of all the women mentioned in the Bible, we instinctively turn to Mary, the wife of Joseph and the mother of Jesus, as a pattern of true motherhood. Notice:

Her Purity of Life. The angel, Gabriel, was sent "to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Josephand the virgin's name was Mary" (Luke 1:27). As an espoused woman, Mary gloriously exemplifies the life of purity. Her life before men was completely honorable. She is described as "a virgin"-a rare find in the polluted world in which we live today! Her life before God was favorable. The angel said to her, "thouart highly favored, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women" (v. 28). And again: "Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God" (v. 30). In order to fulfill His matchless purpose, God looked for a woman whose life was pure.

Her Constancy of Lowliness. "And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lordfor he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden" (vv. 38, 48). Though Mary had been entrusted with the highest privilege to which any woman could aspire, yet she was humble, lowly, and submissive. The acid test of true lowliness is submission to the Word of God and to the Spirit of God. In relation to the first, Mary said, "be it unto me according to thy word" (v. 38); and concerning the second, we read that the Holy Ghost came upon her and the power of the Highest overshadowed her (v. 35). The Bible teaches that the rightful place of God-appointed womanhood and motherhood is that of loving submission.

Her Ministry of Love. "And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord" (v. 38). Note that she brought a song of love into her home (read Luke 1:46-55, known as the Magnificat). The whole hymn vibrates with joy, love, and victory. She brought the service of love into her home. We read that Jesus was subject unto Mary and Joseph (Luke 2:51), and the context shows the loving concern that Mary had for her beloved Son. Every Christian mother has the privilege of demonstrating love for the Savior, and making Him the center of her home-life. By doing this, we follow the pattern of Mary, whose purity of life, constancy of lowliness, and ministry of love were and are exemplary for all time.

Thrust: "A virtuous woman is valued far above rubies. Her children arise up and call her blessed; her husband alsopraiseth her" (Prov. 31:10, 28).

David Olford makes possible the continuation of this column by editing material
from his father's writings. Through his efforts, Points to Ponder continues
to bless, encourage, and challenge readers.

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