The angels announced it: “Peace on earth and goodwill toward men!”
Goodwill means favor and kindness, and the Infant in the manger was the bridge of favor and kindness between God and man. The Christ Child grew to truly be the Savior of the world, the tangible and literal expression of God’s favor to us.
In the moments we feel most insecure, confused, or needy, through Jesus we can experience the kindness of God. In our moments of joy, he rejoices with us. He is God’s Goodwill toward men.
An angel interrupted a teenage girl named Mary’s world to tell her God had a job for her. The job was so big and incredible that Mary was dazed and confused. She was afraid. But as she decided to respond in obedience despite her fear, she discovered that God was looking on her with favor. The interruption was actually God’s invitation to experience his goodwill. Out of this came significance she never could have imagined.
Why are we so often afraid of God’s plans?
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
II Timothy 1:7
Because his interruptions are often inconvenient.
In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David.Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you” Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean.“Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God!”
Because his purpose is often so different than our plans.
You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus.He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. And he will reign over Israelforever; his Kingdom will never end!
“But how can this happen?”
Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.”
The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God.What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she has conceived a son and is now in her sixth month.For the word of God will never fail.”
God says. “Outcome is my responsibility. Obedience is your responsibility.”
Mary chose faith over fear.
Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.”
God is going to interrupt you with an invitation for an inconvenient opportunity to be a part of a really big plan and purpose.
God takes full responsibility for a life completely surrendered to him.
Outcome is God’s responsibility. Obedience is mine.
Identify an area of opportunity/invitation that looks frightening to you.
Pray and ask God for insight on how this is actually his goodwill and to you.