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How to Respond Like Mary This Christmas

12.21.17 | by David Mitchell

As Christmas approaches, we can learn much from God’s divine encounter with Mary, and discover how He will likely work in our lives, too. Here is a short devotional look into Mary’s life for your Christmas Day.

God has a divine purpose for each of us
And coming in, he said to her, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was. Luke 1:28–29

God then told her that she would give birth to a son, named Jesus, but Mary was “perplexed” by this greeting. I suspect the virgin birth was not much easier to understand. The word “perplexed” is also used of Jesus’ feelings of grief when His good friend Lazarus died.

When God works in our lives, we will often be perplexed, troubled and even have some healthy fear, like Mary. We think, if He is so great and loving, why did I lose my job, why do we struggle with infertility, why this cancer, why did my spouse die so young. These are perplexing problems for people of faith. It was not until the resurrection of Jesus that Mary and her other children fully had answers to God’s perplexing purposes. This is why we walk by faith and persevere to the end. Someone once said, “To be troubled of heart is not necessarily a sign of being outside the will of God, but of being drawn closer to Him to achieve something far greater than ourselves.”

God has a divine power for each of us to pursue His purposes
Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God. Luke 1:34–35

When God disrupts our lives with His divine purpose and we are troubled or confused, He does not mind if we ask Him questions about how we are going to survive this new challenge. The same Spirit that “overshadowed” Mary is the one who lives in us when we believe in Jesus.

God will fulfill His promises to provide for us as we keep trusting in Him
And Mary said, “Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. Luke 1:38
“And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord.” Luke 1:45

We have so much to be thankful for because of Mary's trusting and obedient response to God’s great work in her life to make a way for Jesus' birth. I pray that whatever your experiences are this Christmas, you too will be blessed as God works in your life, even when you are perplexed and troubled by life’s challenges.

Please be in prayer as we trust our Lord for His financial provision for our church family. Our need is great but our Lord is greater. Thank you for any extra gifts you can offer as the year ends. Learn More Here

All are welcome to come find comfort and hope in Christ at our Longest Night service tonight at 7:00 pm in the Chapel. And, reach out and invite others to join you for one of our three Christmas Eve Candlelight services this Sunday. The services in the Worship Center at 10:00am and 5:00pm will be the same. The service in the Chapel at 11:00pm will be a more liturgical reflection as we wrap up the season of Advent together.

Pastor Dave

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