In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him 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 ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” The angel said to 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 holy; he will be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.” Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her. (Luke 1:26-38, NRSV)
What would you do if an angel came to you and said, “Greetings Favored one! The Lord is with you.”
I would probably do more than ponder this greeting, and the angel would need to say, very quickly, “do not be afraid.”
Mary here is the model of how we all should act when God comes and asks us to do something, for this young girl, probably 12 or 13 became pregnant before she was married with the Child of God. And she simply says, “Here I am, the servant of the Lord, let it be with me according to your word.” If that was me, I would be running screaming.
But we are all favored my God, we are all chosen by God to do His will and He comes to us and sends us to do His ministry in the world. So be ready favored one, if you haven’t seen your messenger yet, they are on the way!