GRACE MEANS GOD USES ORDINARY PEOPLE
And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name 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 father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” And the angel answered 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 called holy—the Son of God. And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.” And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.”
- Luke 1:28-38
Mary was an unlikely candidate to be Jesus’ mom. She was poor. She was living in a small town off the beaten path. Most of the people living around her were uneducated herdsmen. She didn’t have the resources to launch Jesus’ ministry. She wasn’t even married. Quite frankly, Mary was ordinary. She was as common as mud. And yet God used her in an extraordinary way.
The message for us is that grace means God uses ordinary people. In other words, God doesn’t look down from heaven searching for people with at least a 3.5 GPA. He doesn’t consider our net worth. He isn’t interested in the number of our social connections or the number of diplomas on the wall. He’s a God of grace and so he is interested in using us. So what do we do? Like Mary we believe that God can do the miraculous in and through us.
It takes faith to believe that ordinary people are used by God in extraordinary ways. But this faith is possible. Mary had it and you can have it too. Do you believe that with God all things are possible in your life?
What do you think Mary thought when the angel told her she was favored by God and that God wanted to work in and through her? Do you believe God wants to work in and through you? What work does he want to do in and through you?