Let's Talk About Saying Yes to God

by Melissa Slocum

Every week you’ll find different types of posts here on the ABS blog. Today’s post is for teachers, to encourage conversation and reflection in your Bible study group. Each “Let’s Talk About” activity can be used at any time during your meeting and lasts approximately 10-15 minutes.

Today, let's talk about..

SAYING YES TO AND PRAISING GOD

Luke 1:46-55

Mary said,

“With all my heart I glorify the Lord!
47     In the depths of who I am I rejoice in God my savior.
48 He has looked with favor on the low status of his servant.
    Look! From now on, everyone will consider me highly favored
49         because the mighty one has done great things for me.
Holy is his name.
50     He shows mercy to everyone,
        from one generation to the next,
        who honors him as God.
51 He has shown strength with his arm.
    He has scattered those with arrogant thoughts and proud inclinations.
52     He has pulled the powerful down from their thrones
        and lifted up the lowly.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things
    and sent the rich away empty-handed.
54 He has come to the aid of his servant Israel,
        remembering his mercy,
55     just as he promised to our ancestors,
        to Abraham and to Abraham’s descendants forever.”

Key Verse:

Mary said, “With all my heart I glorify the Lord! In the depths of who I am I rejoice in God my savior.” —Luke 1:46-47

Commentary:

From the moment Mary learned she would conceive a child—the child of God—she said, “Yes.” Though she was unmarried, young, and poor, she praised God and agreed to serve God faithfully in those uncertain times. Mary praised God instead of asking, “Why me?” Mary welcomed Jesus and loved him despite the stress and struggle his presence on earth created for her and Joseph. Through Mary, one of “the least of these,” hope and our Savior were born.

Questions to Discuss:

How did saying yes to God change Mary’s life?

Would you say yes to God without asking for a plan, guarantees, or conditions?

If saying yes to Jesus requires self-sacrifice or hardship, will you still say yes?

 

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