Saturday, December 12, 2015

Children of Purpose

The following Devotion is from my book The One Year Devotions for Girls Starring Women of the Bible.


Children of Purpose
     At the sound of Mary’s greeting, Elizabeth’s child leaped within her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Luke 1:41
     The angel Gabriel delivered two unusual announcements just a few months apart. First, he told Zechariah that Elizabeth, who was past childbearing years, would have a son. When Elizabeth was six months along in her pregnancy, Gabriel told Mary, a young virgin, that she was going to have a baby who would be the Savior of the world. Mary was a young relative of Elizabeth's, possibly a cousin. The angel also told Mary that Elizabeth was pregnant.
     Mary decided to visit Elizabeth, so she made the long journey to the hills of Judea. When Mary arrived and greeted Elizabeth, Elizabeth's baby jumped inside her. The baby recognized the mother of the Savior. Perhaps he already sensed that his mission was to turn others to Jesus and to proclaim him as the Savior.
     Even though Mary hadn't told Elizabeth about her own pregnancy, Elizabeth gave a glad cry and exclaimed to Mary, “God has blessed you above all women, and your child is blessed. Why am I so honored, that the mother of my Lord should visit me?”
     God chose two holy women, one young and one old. He performed two miracles so two special babies would be born, and the lives of the babies would forever be intertwined.
     Jesus and John were miracle babies who had a mission from God. God has a plan for each baby born. They won't be the Savior of the world or the one who prepares people for his coming, but they may be missionary doctors, Christian counselors or musicians. They may work in a restaurant or run a car wash. It doesn't matter if the job is great or small. It only matters that they live out God's plan for them. Each life God creates is sacred because each person has a special purpose to fulfill.
Thinking it Through
     Every life God creates is special. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. Psalm 139:14
    Be sure to thank God today for the special and unique way he made you, and for the plans he has for you.

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