We all know how special Mary is. After all, God chose her to be the mother of his Son. But just because Mary is special, that doesn’t mean you are ordinary. You’re special too! Like her, you have found God’s favor—unmerited and undeserved grace from heaven. In fact, God loves you so much that he sent his Son into the world, not to condemn you, but to save you (John 3:17). That’s pretty special!
The Greek word for “favor” in this passage can mean “grace” as well. Mary is full of grace—but so are you. God has filled you with his grace so that you can become “graceful” just as Mary was. She was graceful not because she had perfect etiquette or social skills. Mary was grace- full because of the way God’s grace molded and formed her. Scripture tells us God has given us an “abundance” of his grace(Romans 5:17).
Paul tells us that God’s grace is “sufficient” even to make God’s power “perfect” in our lives (2 Corinthians 12:9).
This grace moves us to be unselfish, kind, and generous to everyone we meet. It helps us to forgive other people and to let go of our hurts. Most of all, the grace of God empowers us to be more and more like him. That’s what grace did in Mary’s life, and it’s what grace can do in our lives.
Tomorrow is Christmas Day. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all sit quietly and let the grace that is in us convince us that Jesus is Lord? That’s what Mary did as she spent time pondering God’s greatness and his grace in her life (Luke 2:19). In fact, the best Christmas present we can give Jesus is to let his grace well up in our hearts. Remember: you are special. You are filled with God’s grace. So just sit with the Lord, and let that grace touch your heart.