Lessons from the Christmas Story - Part 2

The Christmas story is literally crammed full of powerful lessons. I encourage you in the days leading up to Christmas to spend time reading the Christmas story (Matthew 1:1 – 2:23, Luke 1:1 – 2:40, John 1:1 – 18). Quiet yourself and everything around you, read through the narrative, and let God teach you some of the compelling lessons. During the weeks before Christmas, I’m blogging about some of those teachings. Here’s the second message:

WHEN GOD DOES AWESOME STUFF, THE PROPER RESPONSE IS PRAISE

And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior…Luke 1:46-47

Mary knew God had touched her life. She didn’t have all the answers. She was probably still a bit fearful and apprehensive. She had no idea what exactly lied ahead for her. But she knew God had done and was doing something really awesome in her life. Her response? Unabashed, heartfelt praise. Mary sang a song of praise to God that’s recorded in Luke 1:46-55. Plain and simple, when God does good for us, the most perfect response is pure, honest thankfulness and praise, acknowledging his favor over us.

Where do you need to spend time praising God today?

Ryan Smallwood

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