True Favor

He that diligently seeketh good procureth favour: but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him. (Prov 11:27 [KJV])

Favor is associated with character or behavior but in this corrupt world favor can also be associated to corruption. Humanly speaking, favor is something we would wish to extend to those who seem likable, loyal and supportive of us; it is often extended to us in the form of services rendered, financial or other supports and opportunities. Even that which is duly your right would be extended to you as a favor. You get employed as favor, you get tenders as a favor, your get college or university admission as favor, you get certain allowances as a favor, you get promoted as a favor. The favor in human perspective is to give a good name or paint the giver Mr. nice man.

John C. Maxwell says the following “You have done nothing today unless you have done it to someone who cannot repay.” That seems to me a good description of true favor. It is not about the giver but the purpose (mission) of the rendered service. Christ gave himself not to make big of who he is but because His love compelled him to act with compassion. I read of the Kevin Carter and his award winning photograph of a malnourished, starving child in Somalia with a vulture behind waiting for the right time to feast on a dying child; a very telling image. The question that followed that well captured image was what did you do to the child? And the answer was nothing! The child died a few meters to the feeding camp and so did Kevin Carter of guilt he bore for many things he saw through his lenses but did nothing to bring a change.

Christ our example, would not see suffering and do nothing about it. His Pulitzer award for his outstanding works of art would not repair the guilt burdened conscious.

God’s favor is securing us eternal life, save us from the bondage of sin; to see us free from eminent destruction. That favor cannot be equaled nor can it be repaid. The least we can do is to accept it.

“Grace is unmerited favor, and the believer is justified without any merit of his own, without any claim to offer to God. He is justified through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, who stands in the courts of heaven as the sinner’s substitute and surety. But while he is justified because of the merit of Christ, he is not free to work unrighteousness. Faith works by love and purifies the soul. Faith buds and blossoms and bears a harvest of precious fruit. Where faith is, good works appear. The sick are visited, the poor are cared for, the fatherless and the widows are not neglected, the naked are clothed, the destitute are fed.”  {God’s Amazing Grace p.182}

The favor of God will come as a result of doing our part, in rendering service to mankind by making people find Christ by providing them hope, just as Jesus did while on earth. After all our ultimate reward will be based on our service to humanity not on our mere keeping the commandments, as the rich young ruler in Matt.19:16-24 the practicality of the Law of God is obeying God and serving others. Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, [and] to keep himself unspotted from the world. (Jas 1:27 [KJV]) This way we shall find favor with God, our reward is God’s favor.

– A. Eliamanis

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