Christmas Devotions

Dec 2 – You have found favor with God.

December 1, 2016

Luke 1:26-38; Isaiah 7:14

If Mary could have updated her tweeter status that night, she would have said:
“Has anyone given birth to a child whose name is salvation?”
“Did you guys hear anyone who has a baby while she is a virgin?!”
“I heard an angel talking… is he in town? did that happen to anyone else?”
“Elizabeth is 6th month pregnant if anyone is interested…i didn’t know.”
“I really love Joseph, but oh I love God more!”
“Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word (Luke 1:38)”

Finding favor with someone can be such a sweet thing. I remember my high school math teacher, who was very kind to me. She was a good person in general, but I think I found her favor because I was new to the country, I had a hard time speaking English and also I worked very hard. Students in the class were a bit jealous of me and some were very understanding when I received 5 minutes extra time during exams.

What does it mean to find favor with God? Mary found favor with God.
1. It was God’s will to pick Mary as the mother of our Savior. Could God have chosen others? Sure. There probably were other virgins and girls filled with humble hearts for the glorious coming of the Messiah. Thus, Mary finding God’s favor was God’s choice. In my story, my teacher could have been fair not to give me favors – because she was the teacher and she made the rules. God is our Creator – He not only makes the rules, but He also provides favors to those whom He deems fit to give favor. O Blessed Mary!

2. Mary finding favor from God also had factors from her side as well. She was pure and humble when God spoke to her. Her heart probably was in the right state even though she doubted God’s plan for a moment. In my story, I worked hard as well to show that I am doing my best with my teacher’s favors. How is the heart before and after finding the favors? Since that’s what God looks at, we can surely agree that Mary’s heart was in the right place with God.

Those who hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ are the ones found favored with God.
Those who accept the Gospel of Jesus Christ are the ones living with God. Those who proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ are the ones who display God.

Those who are waiting for the return of Christ faithfully are the ones who believe that God’s words never fail. As Jesus was born, crucified, risen – he will surely return again to judge the world and give eternal life to his bride, the church.

In this Christmas, may our hearts be like Mary in Luke 1:38, “Let it be to me according to your word, Lord, because your word never fails.”

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