WEEK 2, DAY 4: Born of the Virgin Mary
The story of Jesus’ conception by the power of the Holy Spirit and the virgin birth is a foundational teaching of the Christian faith. While there aren’t any scripture passages that speak of praying to Mary, it’s clear that Mary had a significant role in the birth and upbringing of Jesus. In fact, Jesus wanted to ensure his mother was well cared for after his death (see John 19:26). So, who was Mary? And what lessons do we learn from her life?
According to notes in the Life Application Study Bible’s we can note the following strengths and accomplishments of her life:
- The mother of Jesus, the Messiah
- Willing to be available to God
- Knew and applied Old Testament scriptures.
Additionally, we learn the following lessons from her life:
- God’s servants are often ordinary people who make themselves available to Him.
- A person’s character is revealed by his or her response to the unexpected.
READING & JOURNALING:
What do you think about the note from the Life Application Study Bible that, “God’s servants are often ordinary people who make themselves available to Him?”
Be honest, how much do you make yourself available to God? What would it look like to make yourself fully available to Him today?
Heavenly Father, while I like to think I regularly make myself available to You, I know there are times every single day when I am living for myself and my own desires. Your Word affirms that Your servants are often ordinary people who make themselves available to You. May I make myself wholly available today. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
The F260 is a Scripture Reading Plan designed to read through the foundational passages of the Bible through a year (September 2019 – August 2020). It is a separate reading from the daily devotional but is included for those who would like to engage with the Scriptures on a deeper level throughout the year.
Read: Psalm 103, Psalm 119:1-48
Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?
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