But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. Luke 1:30
People love to have favor with famous or people in high positions. In their minds it gives them a special status or position.
In the workplaces, many desire that favor so that they can get higher positions or higher pay. Others desire that favor to keep them out of trouble or to allow them to get by with things that they should not do. Some will go to great lengths to gain some favor, including trying to bribe to get it.
An angel came to Mary with a message from God. As Mary was scared of what was happening, the Angel said that she had found favor with God.
It is common for people to think that Mary was someone special to get God’s favor upon her. However, she was a human being with sins, just like every one else is. The difference is with the heart. Mary was willing to follow and obey God, no matter how crazy it appeared to be.
Every person has a chance to be favored by God. People live in sin, but God sent His Son to die for them and save them. Although every one deserves extreme eternal punishment, God is willing to give them favor and remove those sins. He is willing to send His Holy Spirit to live in each person to lead and guide the person, and give him strength to do what needs to be done.
This is greater favor than any person on this earth can give any other person. It is a favor that brings life, and not just life, but eternal life.
No one has to fear God, if he is willing to repent and follow Jesus. Jesus has brought people God’s favor.
You may wonder if God even knows who you are. He does and He has given you great favor. Instead of punishing you for your sins and crushing you, He is willing to forgive you and build you up.
God may not call you to carry His Son, but He has a work for you to do for Him. He has a special assignment just for you that no one else can do. That is His great favor.
Do not be afraid of God, but embrace Him and what He has for you.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s favor towards you; that you will know what God has for you; that you will know what God wants you to do; and that you will serve God with all of your life.