Sometimes I wish I had an in with God in such a way that I could read how He feels about me.
If I had never any failures and mistakes... then, I guess, my answer might be positive. But I have unseemly ways about me, more than people know! And they bother me. If God were any like me, He would not think favorably of me.
The angel told Mary that she was God's favorite. He said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored!”
Was that because Mary was a super-good person? Well, yes, she was special! The rest of her life bore that out.
But that was not the main reason. The angel added, “The Lord is with you.”
The Lord is love and grace. Mary had drawn from that, she had reflected that, God was the Source of all that was good in Mary. Hence, the Lord called her His favorite.
God wants you and me, and all his children, to be His favorite. His love and grace is infinite. There is always plenty more to go around. His grace is endless; His favor is ours by grace!
Mary testified to that. In her song of response she said, “My spirit rejoices in God, my Savior.”
We may have a lot on our minds this Christmas Season. We worry, we feel lonely, we feel tired, we feel vaguely troubled... Could it wear down our self-esteem? Mary would have understood.
But overriding is one reality we may rehearse: God is our Savior! We are His favorite!