Ever feel like you face an uphill battle working for the favor of those around you? It’s not something you tell people, it’s just what you think and then do = Employers, teachers, parents, children, spouse, pastors, friends… and the list is endless. So much of what we do can be traced back to our desire to be accepted, to be honored, to find favor with those around us. – insert your scenario here- Mine seems to be
working hard to live up to my own standards of being a good mom, house keeper, pastor, daughter, friend, wife, ect. You would laugh if you saw how many ridiculous attempts I have given to gain favor and confidence from what I do or who I am becoming.
I recently read a statement that said: As Christians, we should be loving & serving from favor not for favor. Um… did you just hear that? We are to be serving FROM a position of favor not for a position of favor. wow. I think it is time for a perspective shift! How? Here is the truth: YOU & I are already favored! If you have a relationship with God through Jesus, God favors you! He accepts you, he is pleased with you, he wants to extend His favor to you! Through Jesus, and your confession, Your sins are washed away – forgiven, your thoughts, your bad attitudes, mistakes, (yes, if you have gotten right with God, even those mistakes from today) AND YOU STAND IN FAVOR WITH GOD. Ps. 5:12 “For you bless the righteous, O LORD; you cover him with favor as with a shield.” God has got your back! lol.
The word favor is often translated in the bible as acceptance but also as good will & self will. Can I just tell you that it is God’s will that you be drenched in favor! His favor lasts, it covers, it accepts, it replenishes, it gives confidence. He gives it freely. IF we believed that – we would walk in favor and serve not to be accepted, but with a genuine love & ability to offer favor to others. So here is the challenge – stop looking at others for favor, for acceptance! YOU already have it. Stop letting people steal the confidence that they can’t really offer anyway. TRUE Confidence and security are found in GOD alone.
We gotta go spend some time with our source of favor- spend time in the presence of Jesus – Let God replenish the confidence you have been seeking from people. We would effect our world so much differently if we lived, served and loved from a status of FAVORED – rather than doing those things seeking favor. Oh ya- and this favor also comes with a healthy serving of GRACE (the Divine enablement to do God’s will with Joy) Just saying :o) Lord help us to change our perspective! We are FAVORED! You are HIS FAV :o)
This is the kind of favor that Mary found with God – The kind of favor you have:
Luke 1:30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
a) that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness: grace of speech
2) good will, loving-kindness, favour
a) of the merciful kindness by which God, exerting his holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues
3) what is due to grace
a) the spiritual condition of one governed by the power of divine grace
b) the token or proof of grace, benefit
1) a gift of grace
2) benefit, bounty
4) thanks, (for benefits, services, favours), recompense, reward
I LOVE THIS!