by Dan Weyerhaeuser, Senior Pastor
Greetings one loved by God,
We keep pressing in today to the wondrous truth that in Christ, God has come near. While we are accustomed to doctrine of the incarnation, none of us has begun to exhaust the wonder of this incredible gift. Let’s get closer today!
Take a few minutes to get still. Hand over to your Father the things demanding your attention. Ask Him to take responsibility for them while you get this much needed time with Him. Ask Him to speak to you through His Word and Spirit.
Read Luke 1:26-35 slowly and out-loud.
Read it again answering this question: “What are the things the angel wanted Mary to know?” (I count 13).
Read through the text one more time. Each statement tells us something about the God Who’s message Gabriel delivers. (eg: That “Greetings, O favored one” are Gabriel’s first words tell us that God’s servant initiates with kindness and gentleness. That Mary will conceive in her womb says that what God will do in the extraordinary sending of His Son to live among us will come by the ordinary means of the womb of a young woman.”) Let each statement be something you speak with your Father about.
As you conclude: What is one truth about God from this text you can take through your day? How can you remember it?
Can you think of two people you will see today who don’t yet know the joy of the love of Christ? Take a moment and pray for both of them, that God’s Spirit would give them new birth. Then watch for how He brings you two together.