Scriptural Reference: Luke 1:26-29

When we read the account of Mary and the conversation she had with the angel Gabriel, who foretold of the birth of Jesus, there are some very important points to recognize and hold onto for our lives.  

First off, I want to remind you that God knows you, he knows your life, your name, your situation, and your future.  As he moves you through life, regardless of how big or small, scary or simple his conversations with you are, he will never abandon you in the middle of your obedience to his call.

Verse 27 – “…. A virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David.  The virgins name was Mary.”

Notice, this may not seem big to you or significant in the story, but Mary was in a position in her life that postured her to do what God was calling her to do.  She was pure, she was engaged, and she was in the favor of the Lord. All these things, though not prerequisites to God using you, were listed for a reason. The angel Gabriel said to her, “you are highly favored, the Lord is with you!”  Obviously God sees value in our purity. God places a high value on not only sexual purity, but purity in all aspects of our lives. Mary, being a virgin and having done things correctly with her life, caught the eye of God because she had remained pure.  She was also engaged to be married to a man who was from the line of David, which Jesus was prophesied to come from his lineage. Now please understand, God doesn’t limit who he uses to only pure people from a specific lineage, but when you are positioned properly, then God can use you right away.  Keep yourself in a posture and in a position that allows God to use you whenever he needs, and also positions you to respond immediately in obedience. Live in purity.

Verse 29 – “Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.”

Why on earth would a greeting from Gabriel trouble Mary?  Well, ask yourself, if the arc angel showed up in your living room and just started talking to you, how would you respond?  Luke doesn’t say that she was scared or that she wasn’t excited, but that she wondered what the greeting might mean. Mary understood that this appearance meant change.  It meant God was going to shake things up in her world and make some stuff uncomfortable for her. No wonder she was greatly troubled. She was only 15, and her entire life was about to change.

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