The Christmas season is upon us. As a result, everyone turns their attention to a manger, a virgin mother, and a Baby that changed the world. As much as I am indebted to that Baby I wanted to focus on the mother–the Virgin Mary.
I wanted to talk about her faith actually.
When she heard the promise given to her she said,
“My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.” (Luke 1:46-47 KJV)
Now keep in mind she wasn’t pregnant.
There was no sonogram that showed webbed hands…
…no morning sickness…
…no movement in her stomach…
All she had was a promise.
And yet she rejoiced in God. Incidentally that term “hath rejoiced” in the original language means “to exult, leap for joy, to show one’s joy by leaping and skipping denoting excessive or ecstatic joy and delight.”
What does this mean about Mary. She praised God and was happy before the promise came to pass. She was a woman of faith. In fact, her cousin Elizabeth applauded her faith:
“And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.” (Luke 1:45 KJV)
That word “performance” in the original Greek means “completion, or completeness of an attainment already reached.” Meaning the promise given was something that was already done before it even began.
The thing about Mary that she was silly enough to believe God’s promise.
What does this have to do with tithes and offerings.
When you tithe and give you have to do it with expectancy.
It has to be done in faith.
You have to learn to believe His “performance.”
What do you think? Should we follow the virgin?