How Did Mary Cultivate Godliness?
What made Mary tick? One thing we can be sure of is that she would have read God's Word. Proverbs 14:1 says, “The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish pulls it down with her hands.” (NKJV) What a contrast! The wise woman is a builder of a godly home. The foolish woman is a destroyer of her home, her family, and eventually her own life. What is her outcome? Proverbs 11:29, “He who troubles his own house will inherit the wind, And the fool [will be] servant to the wise of heart.” (NKJV)
There is a classic American Tale, Gone with the Wind that so vividly portrays this idea. The movie is based on Margaret Mitchell's novel about a slice of Southern Living in the strife torn Civil War Era. The central character is well known to us - the enticing southern belle, Scarlet O'Hara. She was a cunning and crafty woman who knew what she wanted and always tried to get it. Her self-centeredness is in stark contrast to the servant hearted Melanie. So Solomon, under the inspiration of the Spirit of God, contrasts the selfish and indulgent Foolish woman to the sweet and selfless Wise woman.
How did Mary cultivate godliness? First Mary would have applied herself to avoid the portrait of the Foolish Woman in Proverbs. Mary had learned to avoid being IMMODEST and alluring in her dress. Proverbs 7:10, “Then out came a woman to meet him, dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent.” (NIV) Her clothing points to her not to her Father in Heaven and His holiness.
Mary had learned to avoid any mocking at sin. Proverbs 7:13-14 “She took hold of him and kissed him and with a brazen face she said: ‘I have fellowship offerings at home; today I fulfilled my vows.’” (NIV) There is no fear of God, the future consequence or the present destructiveness of her actions.
Mary listened to God. Mary humbled herself before God and said yes to His Grace. Mary surrendered to God's will and she experienced God. Mary served God joyfully, immersed herself in the Scriptures and Mary never stopped growing spiritually.
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