Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and announced to her that she was going to conceive and bear a child—the Son of God, the anticipated Messiah. She was perplexed and asked as to how it was possible since she was a virgin—she had not known a man physically/sexually. The angel explained that it was going to be a supernatural conception through the power of God and not by natural means of the union between a man and a woman because nothing is impossible with God. She believed that God could do what He said He would do and made herself available to be used by Him. To be used by God in this case would mean Mary would have to pay a high price. What would people say—family, friends, neighbors? What about Joseph? Would he still accept her (remember she was betrothed to Joseph)? Her character would be questioned. She might be disowned by her own. People would look down upon her. Yet she was willing to be used by God.
The angel told her that she had found favor (or grace) with the Lord; she was the favored one (vv. 28, 30)! To be used by God for His purposes is a great blessing; it is to be favored of the Lord. However, it may not be easy; it might demand a high price. If we want to be favored of the Lord, then
(1) we need to be available to be used by God,
(2) we must believe that God can do what He said He would do even though it seems/is impossible in the natural, and
(3) we must be willing to pay the price.
May the Lord help us follow Mary’s example. Like her we may also be able to say, “I am the Lord’s servant; be it unto me according to His word/will!”
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