Do you feel honored and blessed to be used by God?

Over the next five weeks, we will be studying the five Christmas songs of the Bible. Many people may not realize that Christmas songs were actually created so long ago. As a matter of fact, Christmas songs were even created before the birth of Christ.

This week, let’s look at Elizabeth’s song.
I’d like to study Luke 1:39-42, 45.
39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea,
40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth
heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among
women, and blessed is the child you will bear!
45 Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!”

Keep in mind that God was performing miracles in both women’s lives. Elizabeth was past the child-bearing age by many years, and Mary was still a virgin. How could they then give birth to two men who would become vital in the will and plan of God? Only by His miraculous hand!
Also note that both women were in places of disgrace by the standards of their culture and world. But God gave them places of honor in His kingdom.

How about you? Do you feel honored and blessed to be used by God? Do you feel your calling is not a place of honor, or that you have been called to a low status in the Kingdom of God?
Are you looked down upon by others for what God has called you to do? Do people tell you you’re too young? Or maybe you have a disability, and by the world’s standards you shouldn’t do what you’ve been called to do.
On the other hand, is there someone who has encouraged you as Elizabeth encouraged her cousin Mary?
If not, I would like to encourage you right now.
If you’ve truly been called by God to do something, no matter how big or small the task, you are honored and blessed by God. No matter what the world tells you, you are unique and you bring that uniqueness into whatever you do.
Just as Elizabeth and Mary’s places of honor in the kingdom should never be overlooked, nor should the place of anyone called by God. Remember, as Christians we are sons and daughters of the most high. We are children of the King!

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November 26, 2007. The Monday Meal.

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