Living for God’s Favor
“But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.”
Charisma is one of the most misunderstood and misused words among English speaking societies. The charismatic title is often attributed to those who are very articulate, highly motivational and exceptional orators. This unique word, however, comes from the original Greek word “charis” which simply means, “…grace, the state of kindness and favor towards someone with a focus on the object of that favor.” (Strong’s reference #5485) When the Angel Gabriel met Mary and offered what would be described as the “annunciation”, he delivered this message of grace, intricately laced with God’s favor and focused on the article of her unique nature among all women. This announcement would be the first Christmas gift in its purest form. You see, this acknowledgement to Mary of God’s favor or “most favored” meets the most poignant definition of “charismatic”. The Greek word “charisma” means, “…gracious gift.” (Strongs reference # 5486). Mary was found to be most favored for conception and deliverance of the Savior of the World. She was more than perplexed with the honor and wondered, like most recipients of a gracious gift, “…what have I done to be blessed this way?” Truth is, God’s “charismatic” gifts have very little to do with what we have done and a great deal more regarding who we are. No one will ever be asked again to bear the Son of God, and few of us will ever have the privilege to pen a “holy magnificat” (Luke 1:46-55). But, we each have our own gift we can use to magnify the Lord. We each have salvation, the most charismatic gift of all time. For God so loved the World that He gave….and so my soul magnifies the Lord!
In His Favor,
Pastor Ron Brown