Daughters of Grace Series: Mary- Mother of Jesus
Last week we continued a study from the Daily Grace Co. called Daughters of Grace. We talked about Elizabeth, her story, characteristics, and what we can learn from her life. This week we are talking about Mary- the Mother of Jesus. Mary's story can be found in Matthew 1:18-25, Matthew chapter 2, Luke 1:26-80, Luke 2:1-52, and John 19:25-27.
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1. What do we learn about God and His character in the life of Mary?
What we learn about God in this story is the same thing we learn about God in Elizabeth's story (since the two overlap a bit). This story shows how powerful God is and how His plans always come to fruition and are always good. Once again, we see that God is faithful to the promises He has made and uses unlikely people to accomplish His mission.
2. What character qualities, positive or negative, do we see demonstrated in the life of Mary?
- ordinary/insignificant- Before Mary was given a message from the Lord, she was just a young Jewish girl of little importance. But God knew He would use her to do big things!
- imperfect- Mary was not chosen to be the mother of Jesus because she was perfect. In fact, she was also in need of a Savior and the same grace we are in need of.
- faithful- Mary had great faith that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her and for this she was blessed!
- humble- Throughout her entire motherhood journey, Mary stayed faithful and humble. She didn't get a big head or feel like she must be so great to have bestowed on her the honor of birthing Jesus- she stays thankful to God and maintains a humble heart posture.
- grateful- Mary sings a lament to God for blessing her with a child and we see truly how grateful and thankful Mary was to Him.
- worshipper- We have one of the most well known laments in the Bible given by Mary after Gabriel tells her she will have a baby. Mary was faithful and worshipped God!
- nurturing- Mary cares for and nurtures Jesus throughout His life and understands greatly the weight of His Earthly assignment. She does her best just to be there for Jesus the best that she could as His mother.
3. What can I learn from the story of Mary the Mother of Jesus that I can apply to my own life?
- Say "yes" to God's plan for our lives and be prepared to be used by Him!
- It is okay to have questions or not understand God's plan, but that should not hinder our obedience
- Being obedient can sometimes mean having to sacrifice things you want. However, in the midst of trials and sacrifice, you can still lift up praise to God. It can even draw us closer to Him! Duet 31:8
- What may look like an imperfect season to be part of God's plan can often be right on time for Him. You may feel like you are not in the right place or headspace to be used by God but His timing is different than ours. Mary was engaged and in one of the worst times to become pregnant but that didn't stop God's plan or effect the timing of how it all came to fruition.