The humble nature of Christ’s birth, can inspire hope in anyone–irrespective of socio-economic status. Jesus’ mother, Mary, wasn’t chosen by God because she was important, educated or rich. She was chosen because of her heart. This is evident in the song she sung after she was told by the angel that she would give birth to Jesus. She sang: “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his offspring forever.” (Luke 1:46-55)

Mary’s humble gratitude is indicative of how close she was to God. Why else would Mary–a young, single, virgin who just found out she was pregnant out of wedlock–be singing with such joy? It’s because God was real to her. Her faith was evident in her response to news that most single girls two thousand years ago would have become terrified over. Under Old Testament law, Joseph, her betrothed, could have ordered her to be stoned to death! (Deuteronomy 22: 23-24) But Mary knew God. She knew the promises of God. She rejoiced! God was more real to her than any power of man. As a result, she left an eternal legacy. No matter who we are or where we come from–when the Savior lives inside us and He is real to us–He instills a humility within us which allow us to leave a legacy for His glory!