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A Devotional on Mary with Amy Hodge

Hi. I’m Amy. I am the author and founder of A Devotion Daily.

I’m going to be starting this advent season looking at the one person who was there both at the birth and death of Jesus — Mary. But why Mary? Was Mary the most popular? Was Mary the prettiest? Did she have the most money? 

The bible doesn’t say any of those things. The bible describes her as an ordinary person, with an ordinary life. I have learned that God’s best servants are those living an ordinary life who are available to God.

We’re going to read from Luke 1:28, 31 “The angel went to her and said, ‘Greetings you who are highly favored. The Lord is with you. You will conceive and give birth to a son and you are to call him Jesus.’”

Three things about Mary. 

She was favored. She didn’t know and she was faithful. 

Mary was favored. How could she be favored? Simply, God knew Mary through His knowledge of Mary and through His relationship with Mary so He was able to favor her.

Secondly, Mary didn’t know the impact but she boldly gave up her desires, her plan, and even her body in complete humble obedience to God and His Word. She didn’t question. She didn’t interrogate. She didn’t second guess. She was instantly humble. 

The only question she had was “How could you use me and why would you use me?”

Learning that just says so much about Mary. Someone’s character is truly revealed when they are faced with something unexpected.

Lastly, Mary was faithful. Mary was faithful before God. Mary was faithful whilst God used her. 

Without Mary and her faithfulness we would not have Jesus. So, how was Mary a part of the story? Quite simply, without Mary there wouldn’t have been a story. 

Mary can be our reminder through this season and in our faith journey that God is the catalyst. God is what changes our simple, humble faithfulness in the quiet and in the behind the scenes turning it into a faith that can change the world. 

So, I’d like to ask you a question this season. Will you be faithful? Will you hold to God’s word? Will you hold to what he’s spoken to you? Will you walk out that faithfulness and just see what God will do?

Let us pray. 

Dear Lord Jesus, I thank you. I thank you, Mary. I thank you for her faithfulness. I thank you for her boldness in stepping out and that you chose to use her. I pray that throughout this season we can look at Mary as an example of how we should live and how we should walk. I pray that you would give us the boldness, the courage and the strength to walk in obedience to you. We thank you for that and pray that you will continue to speak to us through this holiday season through your world and the story of Jesus. Amen.

Have a wonderful Christmas!

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