Mary gets a lot of attention during the Christmas season. Interestingly enough, Mary is hardly a main character in the life and ministry of Jesus. Of all the times she’s mentioned in the Bible (which aren’t that many), she’s mentioned most during the story Jesus’s birth, which makes sense. She certainly played a crucial role in the life of our lord as his mother, but she hardly appears on the stage in the events recorded in the Gospels. Mary is a perfect example, then, of that fact that visibility doesn’t reflect importance. More specifically, is a great example of how mundane faithfulness changes the world.
God had a job needing done. He needed a virgin that could be the bearer of God incarnate. There’s no other job like this in the world. No one had over done this before. This idea was foreign to everyone. This meant that Mary would have great difficult defending her state or explaining it to family and friends. Thankfully, when we’re obedient to God and people judge us for it, we don’t ever have to defend ourselves. Furthermore, this job for Mary would mean being ridiculed, judged, unfairly critiqued, and even alienated. God knew that whoever was entrusted with this job would need to be firm in their faith. The person for this job needed to have two feet firmly established in their faith. He needed a solid, faithful saint that would not buckle under the pressure.
Can God entrust you with a job like that? In the same way that God had a special job just for Mary (and Joseph, and Paul, etc.), God has a special job for each of us. He has a job with our name on it. However, that job may require suffering. In fact, it probably does because that suffering leads to our holiness and God is much more concerned about our holiness than happiness. Furthermore, that job may mean that you don’t get much attention. It may be something that requires mundane faithfulness. People may even ridicule you for it, but what’s important is that we’re obedient. We answer to One.
Mary’s story reminds us that God is so big that he can use fundamental, everyday faithfulness to transform the world. We don’t need to have flashy ministries, big budgets, light shows and professional Christmas pageants (those are good too!). Our God is the God of the fish and the loaves. He makes big things with the obedience found in mundane faithfulness.