What would it be like to not only have been greeted in this incredible fashion -
“GREETINGS, FAVORED WOMAN!! THE LORD IS WITH YOU!” Luke 1:28 and have the words come from an angel?
As I look out my window in Bend, Oregon and ponder the birth of Christ this Christmas season, I’m struck by the favor that Mary walked in. She initially was caught off guard by these words and by this kind of grace. As the story unfolds, she becomes more comfortable with the truth of these words. She starts to see how she is indeed set apart for this particularly unique purpose of carrying the Savior of the world in her body.
Don't Fear Blessing is Coming Your Way
The angel continues his conversation, “Don’t be frightened, Mary…for God HAS DECIDED to BLESS YOU!” Luke 1:30
How on earth?
What positioned her to receive in such an incredible way?
Is this kind of favor and blessing available to me, today? If so, is there something I need to do to position myself for it?
Experience the Gift of God's Favor & Blessing This Christmas
There are a couple of simple things we can find right in this portion of scripture that speak to this.
Am I listening?
Am I yielded?
Do I welcome truth?
I am sure like me, you want to live in favor and blessing like Mary! Let’s allow these questions to penetrate our hearts and change our actions so that we can be those who walk in the great space of favor and grace! That as people look at our lives, they say like Elizabeth said to Mary, “You are blessed by God above all other women and your child is blessed!”
Shanda Harris is a lover of Jesus, dedicated wife, mother of 6 and the Women's Pastor at Epikos Church in Bend, Oregon.