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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The responsibilty of being God's chosen!

With great favor comes great responsibility, as we see in our text today. As those who try to live right and stay in common relationship with God we have a great responsibility to open ourselves up, pour ourselves out and respond to God's call. Mary was hit with a bolder sized request from God and the scripture says that she was highly favored! Wow, here we come face to face with the responsibility of FAVOR! Realizing this kinda of makes you think twice about asking God for that new car! We all love to have God's favor but many times we forget to think about how we enter into a spiritual contract with God and need to hold up our end of the deal.
Well look at the text and decide for yourself if you are being all that you can be for GOD!

Luke 1:26-38 (NRSV)

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin's name was Mary. And he came to her and said, "Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you." But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end." Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I am a virgin?" The angel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God." Then Mary said, "Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word." Then the angel departed from her.

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