2008-12-31 / Religion

"God's Favor"


(Pastor James Scarborough, Donalsonville Assembly of God)

Last week our youngest granddaughter came scurrying through the front door as Gale and I sat down for supper. As fast as her little legs would carry her, she ran to the table and asked, "Can I eat with you?" It did not matter that she had already eaten plenty before she got to our house, when Nana's table is set, it is always good.

Needless to say, Jaleah was plenty welcome to enjoy the meal with us.

She was not afraid to approach our table with great desire because she knows that our favor rests upon her. Whatever we have, she knows that she has the privilege of asking to partake of it. Our favor to her and the rest of our family represents the strong bond of love that we enjoy together.

Even though Christmas has passed for another year, I am not finished reflecting upon the glorious meaning of this blessed season. In reading the account of the birth of Christ it is very apparent that the favor of God toward humankind was real and powerful. As Mary, who would become the mother of Messiah, was told by the angel that the Christ-child would be born to her, Mary was addressed with these words: "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you" (Luke 1:28, NIV). Then in verse 30, "But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God."

God's favor allowed that obscure virgin Jewish girl to become the vessel through which the One would come Who would change the lives of many for all eternity. It is because of the favor of God extended to us through His grace that we can become a part of His great plan. Certainly none of us will be used in the same way that Mary was, but because of His favor we can all have a part in accomplishing what He desires in His work during our time here on earth.

Because of God's favor, our bodies can be used by Him. The truth is, none of us are good enough on our own to do God's work and none of us deserve to have the privilege of serving Him, but because of His favor given to us through His grace we can be used as His hands, feet, eyes and ears here on earth. What an honor to realize that we can be used by God in so many ways! The opportunities are endless if we will only submit to Him and allow Him to place us where He wants us to be in Christian service.

There is no way that Mary could have comprehended all that was told to her about her role in God's plan, nevertheless, by faith she surrendered to God's plan and it all came to pass just as He chose. If we saw everything that God has in store for us we probably would be astonished by it as well, but if we will follow Him faithfully it will all work out as He sees fit. Indeed, we are highly favored by God through His grace extended to us through Jesus Christ!

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