This past weekend, our youth pastor spoke on the story of Mary and Joseph and ended by sharing this simple truth- Christmas is about Grace.
“Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God!” – Luke 1:30
I was reflecting on these words from when Mary found out she would conceive a child, and was struck by how this same favor rests upon each of us. Grace is unmerited favor. It is being given a gift we don’t deserve because the Lord in his kindness chose to give it. Mary did not deserve to be the mother of Jesus, but God chose her. We don’t deserve the very next breath we take, but God chose to give it.
It’s His favor, His kindness, His Grace.
This year our family has seen the gracious gift of generosity in ways we could have never imagined. There are moments when the thought of it strikes me out of the blue and I can’t help but weep and wonder, like Mary, why have you chosen me God. Why have chosen to lavish my family with such kindness and unmerited favor. What have we done to deserve this?
His response is simply this, “nothing.”
I have done nothing, but His Grace has changed everything. From the moment Christ laid his head in that wooden manager, to the moment he laid down his life on that wooden cross— it was all Grace.
And this gift of Grace is what we celebrate this season, and every season after. For each day when we open our eyes, breathe in each breath, sip from a mug of coffee or hug a loved one tight. It’s his grace. It’s always His grace.
“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:8-9