The writer of Hebrews said that some people have entertained angels without realizing it! There was no doubt that Mary was standing in front of an angel. It was at that point Mary began to live a lifetime of faith like she had never lived before.
Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God! Luke 1:30
Why was she confused and disturbed? Gabriel gave her two compliments. God favored and the Lord was with her. Some versions of the Bible say “highly favored.” When Paul wrote to Timothy he said this.
And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. 2 Timothy 4:8
That happened at the latter end of his life. Mary’s recognition came in the former years of her life.
Mary was a young girl who lived by the law and kept herself pure. She had a spiritual dedication, but because of her physical commitment, she was highly favored in heaven. We know that, because of how the verse described her.
God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. Luke 1:26-27
Details of Mary’s Calling
He told her she would give birth to a son and name Him Jesus. Continuing, the angel told Mary how she would conceive the child and explained the child’s life.
- You will conceive and give birth to a son, and
- you will name him Jesus.
- He will be very great and
- will be called the Son of the Most High.
- The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David.
- And he will reign over Israel forever;
- his Kingdom will never end!”
- the power of the Most High will overshadow you,
- the baby to be born will be holy, and
- he will be called the Son of God. Luke 1:31-33,35
This is the beginning of the Christmas story. It’s a story most are familiar with. A story about the humanity of our Savior. But how can we apply what happened with Mary to our lives?
Even though Mary had some questions, she never questioned or doubted God. That’s where the application has to come in for us. Mary lived and walked by faith. She believed God and trusted Him.
Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her. Luke 1:38
Are You Ready To Live a Lifetime of Faith
No matter where you are in life, old or young, is your goal to be used by God? This brings us to some other questions we should consider. Where are you in your life? Could God send an angel from heaven to give you a special assignment?
Mary’s life was exactly where it needed to be for what God wanted her to do. We should also maintain a Christian walk. which makes us available for God’s purpose whenever He calls us.
Maybe you aren’t young or haven’t lived a pure life. Since God isn’t concerned about your past, then you can start brand new today. Mary’s calling came at a young age and she lived the rest of her life for Jesus.
Paul the apostle, on the other hand, had an encounter with Jesus later in life. Yet God still used him for great things.
So, will God send an angel to speak to you? Maybe, maybe not. He will though give you special assignments as you walk by faith and are obedient to Him.
Lord, thank you for sharing with us the obedience of Mary. Just like Mary, we too can become confused and disturbed. Help us to also walk by faith.
To help you live a lifetime of faith check out this related post. It’s from 2 Peter called How To Supplement Your Faith In God.
Read the entire Christmas story starting with Luke 1.
Read the Entire Christmas Story
- Live A Lifetime Of Faith The Same Way Mary Did
- Live A Unique Life Of Obedience To The Lord
- The New Baby Jesus was Born In A Stable
- Angels Announced Good News Of Great Joy To The World
- The Shepherds’ Story Was Remarkably Astonishing
- How Can A Star Pinpoint Something On The Earth?
- What Valuable Gift Will You Offer To The Lord?
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