I am eager and passionate about this month of Leadership and the Lord has directed me to share a very interesting series on leaders in the Bible that we as believers mostly overlook.
We would generally look up to great and prominent leaders such as Moses, Joseph, King David and King Solomon but, I believe, there are other influential leaders from whom we can learn a great deal about leadership.
Today I will be sharing on a little-known leader who happens to be a woman. This woman is Mary, the Mother of Jesus. Most Biblical scholars have not really delved into the life of this woman who bore baby Jesus in her womb for nine months.
Mary came from a poor family, her lineage was not from the Priesthood and her she lived most of her life in the shadows.
But we get a glimpse of who this woman was when the Angel spoke to her. Angel Gabriel said to her:
“Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favour with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” – Luke 1:30-33
The angel said she had found favour with God. Although she lived in the shadows, she was noticed by God. She was selected by Heaven despite her background.
When her cousin Elizabeth, visited her, she prophesied about the virgin birth and how Angel Gabriel spoke to her regarding the baby that was in Mary’s womb. Mary’s word refreshes us and showed us the kind of woman that she was.
“My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, 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. He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, even as he said to our fathers.” (Luke 1:46-55).
She was willing to lead her nation (Israel) out of captivity. Israel was in captivity under the Roman Empire and this time and the Jews were in despair. But not for Mary; she was hopeful and she worshipped God for performing an uncommon miracle in her life.
She was bold enough to allow God to use her body for a reproductive experiment. Even when the odds were against her, the armies of Rome looked for the unborn child while she was scorched by the hot desert sun on her way to the census, she did not despair.
I believe that many came to know Jesus because partly because of her mother Mary. The next time we see Mary is at a wedding party. When the wine ran out, she called for Jesus to come. Many asked for direction from Mary and came to her to assist with more wine. But Mary never took the glory, she told the guest to do whatever Jesus asked them to do (John 2:1-5). She was a trusted adviser at the party and they responded to her instructions. When Jesus asked for the jar and converted water into wine, that process was initiated because of his mother Mary.
Go and Lead!!!
Pastor Ran (@PastorRan)