Day 336 –
On the 1st Day of Christmas – God didn’t call the qualified, He qualified the Called!
Luke 1:26-31 “In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Mary was greatly troubled at the words of the angel and wondered what all this might mean. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.”
Mary had nothing going for her.
She probably saw herself as unimportant being a young, poor, Jewish girl in a small town in the middle of nowhere. Men looked down upon her because she was female in a culture where women, much less girls, had no reason to be anything special.
But God saw something different.
God saw a sweet, humble, young lady, who trusted in Him and would be the perfect vessel to give birth to and raise His Son.
Like Mary, I’m so imperfect in my own eyes and probably to many others as well. I go through periods of time of feeling worthless, no good, and unsuccessful in the tasks put before me. But God, He chose me to be His child and His follower, a light for others to see Him.
Even though my parents named me, I believe He put that name on their hearts for me. Kristen, a form of the name Christian, meaning, “a follower of Christ”. And when I’m feeling completely unqualified for something He has spoken into me or called me to do, even when I think there are others that seem far more qualified than myself, I’m reminded that in and of itself I can’t qualify myself, but God can.
When God looks at us He doesn’t see what we see, He sees what He created, He sees the purpose He put on our life. God sees the little wrapped package that when ignited by just the tiniest bit of fire will turn into a beautiful bright masterpiece in the darkness of the Night!
So remember, on this first day of Christmas, God qualified Mary to give birth to His Son, to be Jesus’ mom, and likewise, God has qualified you for something special, too!