…The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
–Luke 1:27-28 NIV
It’s easy to assess the value of your existence based on the jobs you have. That narrowed focus could cause you to miss the many blessings that are yours in Christ. The good news of Christmas is that, like Mary, you are blessed and highly favored!
Mary is obviously unique, but all Christians have God’s favor because they have been chosen by Him (1 Peter 2:9) and His grace is ours through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Breathe in this marvelous truth: Christ has been birthed in you and His full blessing rests on you through the power of His Spirit! 1 John 3:1 (NIV) says, “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” The word “lavished” doesn’t create a picture of stingy, miserly gifts, but ones overflowing to abundant excess.
Once you grasp even a small measure of how blessed and highly favored you are as a recipient of His love, then you can, with your lips and your life, joyfully respond to anything He says in humble surrender just as Mary did, saying, “I am the Lord’s servant. May your word to me be fulfilled” (Luke 1:38 NIV).
- God, thank You for all that is mine through Your abundant grace and help me respond with swift obedience.
- Jesus, how grateful I am that You are mine and I am Yours. Help me rest in this truth with calm assurance.