Daily Devotion on Luke 1:26-28

Devotion Text: Luke 1:26-38

But, mom!!

The words echo throughout the house like nails on a chalkboard. All mom asked for was a little help cleaning up after supper, but for her teenage daughter, it was the end of the world. With Facebook to check and music to listen to, how could she possibly be expected to load the dishwasher?!

It seems silly, but all too familiar for most of us–both as parents and as former teenagers!

Sadly, we all-too-often act the same way at the demands our Heavenly Father puts before us. How, Lord, am I expected to treasure your Word when there is so much else to do, and fun to have? How, Lord, can I abstain from lusting? Have you seen the clothes they wear these days? How should I be expected to turn off that TV show? It won an Emmy!

Then we see the demands placed on Mary and Joseph.

Mary was asked to carry a child, though she was a virgin. This child would only be her’s for a short time. He would be the Lord’s, he was the Lord! Mary would feed this child, burp this child, teach this child to tie his sandals and clean up after his childish messes. Through all of this, Mary was asked to believe that this child of hers was the Messiah!

Joseph was asked to believe that the growing bump in his fiancee’s belly was not evidence of betrayal. He was asked to endure the scorn of marrying what his culture would consider untouchable. Joseph would teach his son to be a carpenter like him, and watch as he left the family business to walk the earth as a beggar. THIS is the Christ?

For Mary and Joseph, and for us, the blessing is that we do not have to carry these burdens on own own. The same Christ who carried his own cross to Calvary, will help us with our crosses as well. Our prayers will be answered and he has promised to always be with us. Moreover, he has paid the price for all of our missteps and our sinful unbelief and promises that forgiveness and a new life our ours for the taking.

So we answer with Mary: Lord, we are your servants, may it be to us as you have said.

Prayer: Dear Lord, you have chosen to come to me not with angels, but through your Holy Spirit and your holy Word. Give me the strength to believe and to accept what you would have me do. Your will in my life is so much more powerful than any needs, desires or plans I may have. Use me in whatever way you see fit to accomplish your good purpose for I could accomplish nothing good without you. Amen.

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About Michael Schottey

Michael Schottey is a Christian, husband, father of two boys, sportswriter, and aspiring author. He graduated from Martin Luther College with a degree in Biblical Languages in 2009. A lifelong midwesterner, he moved to Florida with his family in 2010 and is a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church (WELS).

Posted on December 14, 2011, in Church, Daily Devotions, Preschool and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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