Have you ever taken the 5 Love Languages Test? Did you know that one of the love languages is affirmation? I do not speak the language of affirmation very well. It is number 4 or 5 on my list. If it is not on your radar this can be a hard thing for a person to do. Sometimes we have to get into the habit of do certain things that are good for us and others around us. Affirmation is one of those things. It speaks to the heart of our spouses. Elizabeth knew this and was great at it. She was also good at speaking encouragement into others life. Do you know of a person or persons that do this well? How does this make you feel when you are around them? I personally want to be around this person all the time and soak up all their awesomeness!
Our woman today that is the encourager Elizabeth the wife of Zacharias. She is the mother of John the Baptist. Her story takes place in Luke 1:5-66. She is a descendent of Aaron the priest. She was known to be “righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord.” Luke 1:6 NLT She and Zacharias had been married for years and had remained childless. Zacharias was working in the temple when Gabriel appeared before him and told him they would have a son and they would name him John. The angel also said that the baby would be filled with the Holy Spirit in the womb and he was not to touch wine or liquor. The child would “turn many of the sons of Israel back to the Lord their God” v. 16 and that he would go before the Messiah. Well since as we are human Zacharias didn’t believe the angel and questioned him and since he did so he was mute until the baby was born.
- God blessed Elizabeth for her faithfulness and because she lead a righteous life.
- She was obedient in her daily life, again God looks and sees who is doing the small things well and gives them the big things. Just like the scripture says “For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.” 2 Chronicles 16:9a Have you given your heart to Him? Are you obedient to the calling He has placed in your life?
The blessed even was heard throughout the land as far as Nazareth. Mary, her cousin, had heard that she was with child and decided to visit with Elizabeth. When Elizabeth hear Mary’s greeting the baby inside her leaped it says in scripture. At this point Elizabeth gives the greatest affirmation and blessing to Mary, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And how has it happened to me, that the mother of my Lord would come to me?” v42-43
- Have you ever had a person in your life that has been the best mentor to you? You looked up to this person whether it was another friend who is a mom, or an elder woman in your church, a grandparent, etc… Titus 2:1-5 discusses mentoring of younger women in the church. I have had many throughout the years growing up in youth and then again in my home church that have taken me under their wing and loved on me. Their teaching and love is precious and written on my heart. It also makes me seek out others younger than myself to do the same for.
- In the passage above Elizabeth offered affirmation to Mary because she already knew that Mary was carrying the Messiah. Because she had chosen to rejoice in Mary’s calling and not be jealous but to rejoice. The relationship between Mary and Elizabeth was even closer.
- Elizabeth’s faith was so strong that she was confident that her God would not forget those who were faithful to him. This is another example to anyone who would be watching the lives of Elizabeth and Zacharias in their faithful service to God. Another common theme is that God’s time table is not ours.
Last but not least Jesus himself would praise her when he praised her son: “Truly I say to you, among those born of women there has not arisen anyone greater than John the Baptist!” Matthew 11:11a Can you imagine getting a compliment from the Messiah? I would think there would be nothing greater! But no mother would imagine what would happen later to the son she gave birth to. John the Baptist, who would accomplish so much for the ministry of Christ would be imprisoned and later beheaded. God had a special role for Elizabeth to play in the ministry of Christ and in the life of Mary. He has a special place for each of us also. We are called to encourage one another and to lift each other up. It is so easy to do the opposite in today’s time. Let’s be an Elizabeth and mentor others to best of our ability.