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No Such Thing as Insignificant

by on August 27, 2014

My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant.

Luke 1.46b-48a

Have you ever read a book or watched a movie in which a seemingly minor plot point or character turns out to be one of the most critical parts of the story? Mystery stories do this all the time – a chance encounter or a tiny clue becomes the key to solve the whole puzzle.

These verses come from Mary’s song, as she reflects on the way the Lord has chosen her to play a role in his redemptive plan. Many commentators note that a large portion of her song is pulled from various passages from the Psalms. 

In other words, she is looking back at the stories and promises of God in history and looking forward toward the fulfillment of those promises, and rejoicing her own role in the midst of that past and future. By all accounts, before she was chosen as the mother of Jesus, Mary would have been viewed as a pretty minor character in the story – not royalty, not a leader of anything, no important power to speak of – and yet she becomes one of the keys to the whole story. 

As we look back at the promises of God, and look forward toward His future, we should be reminded and take joy in the fact that even though we may often feel insignificant in the larger story of God, He has chosen us and uses us to accomplish his work. There is no such thing as an insignificant character in the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12.12-27). The Savior is mindful of you, indwelling you with the Holy Spirit to further the message of God’s grace in both small and big ways.

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