Read: Luke 1:26-38
Centering Verse: Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38)
- What do you think it means to be God’s “favored one”? How have you experienced God’s favor?
- When have you had to say “yes” to God when it would have been easier to say “no”?
- In what ways have you experienced God doing the impossible?
Advent begins with a yes. I have often wondered—was Mary the first person God chose, or was she the first person to say “yes” to God? In the same spirit as Esau and Jacob, were there others who were given the opportunity, but sold their spiritual birthright? After all, what happens when we say “no” to God? God still goes about his business and accomplishes his will. But when we say “yes” to God—how wonderful it is to find ourselves right in the middle of what God is doing in the world. Mary was not without her questions and her surprise at the work God was planning to do in her life. Yet, she trusted. She trusted in the one who could do the impossible. As a result, she experienced joy unspeakable (as well as many difficulties along the way!). Saying “yes” to God is not always easy and it doesn’t always make sense. Then again, who knows what God might do to change the world through you?
Closing Prayer: LORD God, give us the courage to say “yes” to you in our hearts, our families, our communities, and our churches.