'For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.’ Luke 14:11
Most striking in this passage is the attitude of Mary. When the angel greeted her, she was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. Yet she did not shrink back, but opened her heart for his message. Mary had a hidden walk with God. Although she had questions, she obeyed immediately when she recognized the voice of God.
Are we familiar with this too, when God gives us a special task? As with Mary, God deals carefully with us too; He never overpowers us. God asks for our consent and we can refuse. But when we have come to know God and we have learned to trust Him, then we gladly do all He asks of us, even when this brings us suffering and trials.
The calling of Mary was difficult: she would have to face the slander of the people, and moreover, she risked to lose the love of Joseph. She considered all this, but she valued the love of God above everything. She submitted to Him in trusting obedience: ‘May Your word to me be fulfilled.’
Only those who - driven by the revelation of Jesus - humble themselves, can submit to God in genuine trust. For they no longer think highly of themselves nor have high expectations of themselves, and because they no longer rely on their own possibilities, they expect everything from God. Those who recognize their own weaknesses, get to know God’s omnipotence and may trust in Him.
God loves us, and when He calls – for whatever task it may be – let us joyfully submit to Him without the tendency to consider, even for a moment, what the people around us might say about it.