Highly Favored

The angel went to her (Mary) and said

“Greetings to you who are highly favored.  The Lord is with you.”

Luke 1:28 ~
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Have you ever wondered why God chose Mary to carry His son?

Was she walking in her faith perfectly, without any sin?  Was that it? 

Scripture tells us this…

….for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God 

Romans 3:23

For this reason we know that Mary was not perfect or without sin. So again..why Mary? Did she pray more; do more ‘good’ things?

Why is it that God favored Mary?

A deeper look at the Greek word used in Luke 1:28 for ‘favor’ shows us it’s the work ‘charitoo’ and means “filled with grace”. 

The definition of Grace is God’s unmerited favor – His goodness toward those who have no claim on, nor reason to expect, divine favor. God’s grace is given in the form of a gift.

Mary wasn’t chosen because she had earned favor, it was a gift. God chose to gift Mary as part of His plan to fulfill prophecy and bring salvation to the world.

Further study reveals that this word ‘charitoo’ is used only once more in the New Testament-

To the praise of His glorious grace,

which He has freely given us in the One He loves. 

Ephesians 6:1

This tells us that believers in Christ are also ‘filled with grace’. Not because we do good things, pray enough or walk a perfect walk, but because we are ‘filled with grace’ by the blood of Christ. 

Just like Mary, God chose to favor us with the ultimate gift of life. 

Mary was chosen to physically carry the
Son of God to be born into the world…
We are chosen to carry the name of God
into the world…
so that we could have a way to salvation
and be highly favored… filled with grace.
so others can hear the way to salvation
and be highly favored…filled with grace.

For His Glory

Mary did what God called her to do.  The question we have to ask ourselves is are we doing what we have been called to do? 

Prayer Starter:

Thank you Lord that I am highly favored as a child of God.  I come before You during this season when thoughts are turned towards the birth of Your Son and ask that You make me mindful of more than the event, but of the result of that event. 

Because You chose to send Your Son to earth in the form of a baby, I am able to live a life free from sin.  I have done nothing to deserve this favor; I have not acted perfectly, prayed perfectly or even done good deeds to earn this favor. 

I am filled with Your grace and You are with me because a child, Your only Son, was born to live a life that would take Him to a cross where He would be the only perfect sacrifice that could bring me into fellowship with You. 

Lord, give me eyes to see those You have put into my life for Your glory. Those who need to hear Your path to salvation, the path to being highly favored through the blood of Christ.

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!  Praise to God the Father.  I rejoice in the name of Jesus Christ, Emmanuel ~ God with us! Amen and Amen!

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