A Trait Given For Purpose

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In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin's name was Mary. 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. — Luke 1:26-29

So now, six months after Elizabeth has conceived, Gabriel makes another visit. This time he visits Mary. And here are some facts to note about Mary.

  • She was poor.
  • She was a Jew.
  • She was a virgin.
  • She was of the ancestry of King David.
  • She was engaged to a boy named Joseph.
  • She lived in the small town of Nazareth.
  • She was a cousin to Elizabeth.
  • She lived about 80 miles north of her.
  • She conceived at around 14-16 years of age.

But this time, instead of Gabriel appearing in the temple to a man of the cloth, he appears to the one God has chosen to birth his son — a young woman named Mary. And it sounds like this moment troubled Mary. But it doesn't seem to be the appearance of Gabriel that concerns her, but more his greeting to her. Gabriel calls Mary the "favored one." And at the present, she has no idea why she is favored?

I believe her response demonstrates part of the reason that she was chosen. It brings attention to her humility. Even though she was chosen to bear the greatest of all men to ever live, from her inception to the moment of Jesus' resurrection, we note that Mary is indeed among the most humble of all women. Not once do we hear a hint of arrogance from her.

I believe this infers a remarkable truth about each of us. That God has purposely designed each of us for a unique task based on our God-given design. For Mary, it was her humility among many other things. For King David, it was his heart, not his appearance. For the apostle Paul, it was his endurance in the face of suffering. For Abraham, it was his faith that would birth a nation. And for you, what is it? What is that one God-given trait that God designed within you to be used for his purpose that draws attention to his glory? Is it your:

  • Generosity?
  • Integrity?
  • Loyalty?
  • Discipline?
  • Love?
  • Self-control?
  • Or something else?

And don't say nothing, because God did not make you without intent and purpose. Today name that one trait has God given you which provides you with unique strength and purpose in God's world. And reflect on how has he used this trait to bring favor through you to others? And then celebrate, not yourself, but Him and his work through you.

ASK THIS: What trait describes God's favor to you?

DO THIS: Share your trait below.

PRAY THIS: God, thank you for how you have crafted and designed me.

PLAY THIS: Grand Design — Life Church.

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15 thoughts on “A Trait Given For Purpose

  1. Todd Ringness says:

    Awesome word, brother Vince. Just sitting here realizing His faithfulness to me all these years, brings tears to my eyes and joy to my spirit 🙏🏼❤️ I can’t decide between two traits: kindness and enthusiasm. He has used these traits in me to reveal His great love to many… I am humbled and grateful. Merry Christmas Vince and all my dear resolute brothers! God bless you always!

  2. Mark says:

    God has given me several traits that I am able to use in my work with young people in educational settings. Empathy, loyalty and being a helper are those things I consider gifts that allow me to serve Him daily.

  3. Doug says:

    In the first Christmas message you said Mary was Elizabeth sister! In the third message you said they were cousins!

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