Read Luke 1:26-38
Watch MentorLink’s “40 Days with Jesus – Day 2“*
Key Verse: “Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” (Lk. 1:38)
Only a young teenager, Mary had a startling and life-changing encounter. The angel, Gabriel, came to her to announce amazing news and promises.
- She was favored
- The Lord was with her
- She would conceive and bear a son named Jesus
- He would be great
- He would be called the Son of the Most High
- God will give him the throne of his father David
- He will reign over the house of Jacob forever
- His kingdom will have no end
- This would happen even though she was a virgin
- To validate the message, her relative, Elizabeth, in her old age was pregnant – a miracle to all who heard of it
She was to be the mother of the King of Israel who would sit on the throne of David forever and ever. Mary knew her Bible and knew that Jesus was the coming Messiah all faithful Jews were waiting for. She was to be the Messiah’s mother! Wow! What a privilege and responsibility.
How would I respond if this were me? Pride; arrogance; wanting all the details and the plan laid out – these are only some of the feelings or thoughts that would run through my mind. How would you have responded? If you were Mary, what would you be thinking or feeling?
I am humbled at the response of Mary. She said: “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” Faith is as faith responds. Mary trusted the Lord’s promises. She responded in her heart with obedience.
Lord, may I respond like Mary to your amazing promises.
*To watch “40 Days with Jesus – Day 2” go to http://www.mentorlink.org and under “Resources” click on link “Days with Jesus” then click on link “40 Days with Jesus” then click on link “Day 2 -Miraculous Birth”.
MentorLink International has recently partnered with Jesus.Net to produce a new video discipling series called “The I AM Series”.
Like Days with Jesus, this series uses a short video clip from a film based on the Gospel of John. In this series, we draw out Jesus’ seven I Am statements. In the weeks to come, we will post 1-2 video links as our weekly devotional thought.
Let us know what you think and how it impacts you. As in all we do in MentorLink, our heart is to draw people to Jesus to live, lead and influence people to be more like Him.
Take a few minutes to view the introduction to the “I AM Series” using this link and ponder the questions at the end of the video.
We can look at “grace” from a theological point of view and study the word and miss the impact of what it means in real life. We produced a 7-day series a number of years ago titled, “7 Days with Jesus: Grace”.
I used this series to teach on Grace and to show how to disciple others when I recently ministered to 28 converts from Islam. In these episodes we could feel grace, see grace in action and experience the power of grace in the lives of others.
Take a minute to watch Day 2 of this series and reflect on the questions. (Here is the link.)
This week, we finished two more Arabic language Days with Jesus tools. Look for them to be available on our website soon. We completed 40 DWJ – Arabic, Syrian dialect and 40 DWJ – Arabic Egyptian dialect (this dialect is understood throughout North Africa and the Middle East). Both of these are significant. The Kingdom conflict is greatest in the Muslim world and particularly among Arabic speakers.
Since 2012 when we began working on additional DWJ languages, we placed a priority on Muslim languages. Ask the Lord to greatly multiply this tool into other Muslim languages.
Going into 2015, we add the focus of producing DWJ in the 100 largest languages – for example, Russian, Cambodian, Thai, etc.
On a personal note, it is humbling to be just a small part of such a powerful, spiritual transformation tool. We see just a glimpse of the results of this tool in the remotest parts of the world and occasionally hear of a story of how it is used to change lives and plant churches. Thank you for praying for DWJ. Know that the Lord hears and acts. We will find out in eternity how the Lord used this tool.