Finding favor

Luke 1:26-56, 2:1-7 

 

“Greetings, favored one!”

 There have been times in my life when I have thought why me?  Not in a bad way, but good.  Why should I deserve this?  Most of all I think about that with God’s love toward me and His saving me!  But I think of it often with my wife, I didn’t deserve her.  With my work, I sometimes can not comprehend how I was able to receive the job I have.  There are many other experiences with my children, interactions with nature and others where I marvel at God’s goodness toward me.

 In our passage today we see how Mary found favor with God.  She was to give birth to the Christ Child.  Her response was one of praise as she sang the “Magnificat”.  The virgin birth is something that many people can not come to accept.  We can not truly comprehend God becoming a man, and being born as He was.  How can God become flesh?  Well, we have seen something  magnificent when we come to saving faith in Christ.  We are told that the Spirit of God indwells us.  (I Corinthians 12:13; I Corinthians 2:12; Galatians 2:20; Romans 8:9) That is right, we have God residing within us.  The Spirit of God has been given to us as a deposit, guaranteeing our inheritance(Ephesians 1:13-14).   Jesus is now our Life, and we are His body now on this earth.  Now that is finding favor with God.  We too, like Mary have much to sing about.  Women are reminded that when they are pregnant that they are to take very good care of themselves because of the life that they are carrying within them.  What about us?  We are now the Temple of the Holy Spirit.  How then should we act and live?  With total gratitude at the very least!  As a living sacrifice in view of what He has done!  Sing a new song today, and yield to Him, making yourself available for whatever He wants to do in and through you.  You have found favor in His eyes if you are born again.  Allow Him to show His favor in you each and every moment. 

 Marvel at least a couple things today!  One, the Incarnation of Christ, God becoming flesh and dwelling on earth.  Two, God coming to dwell inside His children. 

 In Christ, and He in me,

 Steve

  

1 Corinthians 2:6-16 (NIV)
6 We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.
7 No, we speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.
8 None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
9 However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”–
10 but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.
11 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
12 We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.
13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.
14 The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.
15 The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment:
16 “For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

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