Day 5 // Mary

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Mary

Blessed With Purpose

And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!”  . . . And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.  -Luke 1:28,30 (ESV)

Even though she prayed about it, Melinda didn’t have much hope. She had just finished an interview for a dream position with a terrific company and great benefits. The reason she didn’t have much hope is because three of the other candidates were graduates of Ivy League Universities with a myriad of qualifications. That’s why she was surprised to get a call telling her that she got the job. Apparently, even though she didn’t have the best qualifications, they noticed she had qualities they liked, i.e. integrity, positive attitude and initiative. It was evident that she had the favor of God.

Melinda’s story is a lot like Mary’s. Why in the world would God choose her to carry the Christ child in her womb? There were so many other better candidates. In verse Luke 1:30, Scripture says that Mary found favor with God. In Greek, this word “favor” is CHARIS, which is defined: “grace” and “the unmerited favor of God.” She didn’t deserve to be chosen of God to carry the Christ child in her womb. But God did choose her. She was blessed with God’s grace. And once she had this favor from God, she had purpose in life.

Life Lesson: When you open the door to God’s favor, you are walking into the favor of God.

And Mary’s story is a lot like yours. If you have ever felt that you don’t have the qualifications that others have, be reminded that all you need is the favor of God. And when you have God’s favor, you have purpose.

QUESTION TO THINK ABOUT: What Godly qualities do you believe Mary had?

PRAYER POINT: Ask God to fill you with His favor.

ACTION POINT: Study how God’s grace correlates to God’s favor.

Pastor Randy

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