January 9, 2019 Daily Devotion

The reading for today is Luke 1:26-33

26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

Mary did not ask for or seek this role in God's plans; God has simply stepped into her life and brought her into his service. Her asset is that she is faithful.

In a way, Mary was Jesus’ first disciple. Mary did not blindly accept God’s plans; she questioned them initially, just as any normal human would. Mary, however, unlike most, chose to see with eyes of faith that God would help her answer her questions in due time.

Mary shows us how to continually respond to God’s invitation into our lives and trust humbly in His plan. What is our response when God asks something difficult of us? What would your response to the angel be? Faith or unbelief?

Dear Lord, Help me to see a chance for discipleship as we continue to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Bring faith into my heart and give me the ability to respond to your request for my life.

Donna DeMauro donna@demaurostl.com

Pray For: Those who are struggling with their faith.

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