15th March 2020

You Are Chosen

“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.”
Luke 1: 46-49 (NRSV)

I used to dread Physical Education at school. Our teacher would choose two captains, usually the most athletic ones, and then they would choose their teams. Because I wasn’t very good at kickball, I was usually picked last, and I felt unwanted, a liability and no asset to the team. Have you ever felt that way? Then you might identify with how women often felt in Bible times. Women were marginalised and treated as property, rather than as human beings. But then God intervened to show that his rules about participation in Kingdom life are much different from human rules.

Since God unites with what he loves, Jesus chose to be born as a human baby. This meant that a woman had to be part of the process, and God chose Mary. When the angel Gabriel appeared to her and told her she would give birth to God’s Son, read how she responded, in the header scripture. Mary was an unmarried young woman who was going to be pregnant with God’s Son. She wasn’t rich or powerful, but she was willing to participate as a critical part of the plan. Even before she knew how everything would work out, she said, “The Mighty One has done great things for me.” She brought a willing heart and expected God to do “great things”.

Her story shows us that we don’t have to be extremely talented, rich, or outstanding to participate with God. All we need is a willing heart and a listening ear, ready to respond. While people might think we don’t have much to offer, God sees us as full of strengths and possibilities. It might just be that through our very weaknesses God can work most powerfully. Mary recognizes this when she says this about God: “He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty” (verses 52 and 53).

In God’s economy, first and last mean something different. We’re chosen and loved for who we are. Made in God’s image we are invested with non-negotiable dignity and value. As with Mary, we’re asked to participate with God in bringing love to a hurting world.

May you know that you are chosen by God today.

Prayer
All powerful One, mighty God, yet you choose to work with us. Help us to fulfil your intentions for us. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Study by Michelle Fleming
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About the Presenter:
The Day by Day each Sunday is taken from ‘Speaking of Life,’ (https://www.gci.org/videos/media-speaking-of-life/), a public resource video on the USA website of Grace Communion International. Michelle Fleming is an Elder in Grace Communion International and works in the International Home Office in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA as Media Director.

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