Spiritual Rumination by Julia Phillips

I absolutely love the favor of God. As children of God, favor is available to all of us. But like many other things, we might never experience it if we fail to pray, ask for, and have faith for it in our lives. And remember, it is impossible to get favor in our own strength. It is exhausting and hard work with almost zero payoff. The harder you try to please everyone around you, the more you end up receiving the proverbial short end of the stick. It is not by human power, or human strength that we receive favor. 

Favor is the acceptance and blessing that others show us because we have God’s grace shining upon us. His light shines and draws attention to the Christ in us. People who do not know the Lord do not even know why they show us favor. Why they trust us, why they try to help us. There is a form of favor in the world that can be achieved by working yourself silly, but it has to be maintained the same way you got it. It is absolute bondage to try to win others approval by constantly trying to do and say the right things, and it usually leads to pain and rejection the first time you say the wrong thing or do not heed that person’s beckon call. But supernatural favor is maintained by the grace of God. 

“And Jesus increased in wisdom, in broad and full understanding, and in stature and years, and in favor with God and man.” Luke 2:52. You might say, “Well He was Jesus!” But according to the Word, the Lord wants us to walk in favor as well. Don’t look at yourself with your natural eyes and doubt you would ever receive favor and blessings from God Himself. You are His child, and He longs to bless you and provide you with all things that pertain to life and Godliness. He sees you differently than you see yourself. He does not see you as a weak, helpless, sinful creature. He sees you robed in righteousness, shod with the shoes of peace, wearing the full armor of God, and wielding the sword of the Spirit. That is how we should see ourselves. No matter how things may appear in the natural, how we appear to others, we must never forget His light and life shine through us as we face every new day with hope and trust in His grace, mercy, and favor.

In the Bible the words grace and favor are both translated from the Greek word “charis,” the unmerited, undeserved love and power that helps us overcome every obstacle we will ever face. It is part of our heavenly inheritance to enjoy favor here on earth.

“But all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ (making us acceptable to Him) and gave us the ministry of reconciliation (so that by our example we might bring others to Him), (19) that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting people’s sins against them (but canceling them). And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation (that is, restoration to favor with God). So we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making His appeal through us; we (as Christ’s representatives) plead with you on behalf of Christ to be reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:18-20.

I hope you do what I did and reread that verse over and over and calmly pause and think about it. It is truly our new life in a nutshell. It is His extreme love for us. His amazing plan. His awesome long-suffering and grace. His favor comes upon us so we can effectually be His ambassadors. What an honor my friends! This is the true you. This is how God sees you. That is how you need to see yourself — as emissaries from a foreign land, on a mission. He has appointed you. Even in the world, ambassadors are appointed, not voted in. We are aliens and strangers here, merely passing through. Through you and through me He is making His appeal to the lost and hurting to receive forgiveness, grace, and favor. We are just carrying His message and His will. Appointed to bring His heart’s desire to the earth’s inhabitants. The Bible says we are ambassadors, kings, and priests. Royalty enjoys favor. Not to waste, not for selfish or carnal enjoyments, but as representatives of the Lord of Lords to all mankind.

“The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.” Numbers 6:24-26

Do you know what God’s countenance is? It is His face, His appearance. When someone looks at you, they see God’s glory shining upon you and through you! That is what these verses, a beautiful blessing, means. Isn’t that awesome? Letting your light shine before men can be as simple as putting a smile on your face. Galatians 6:7 tells us we will reap what we sow. Show love, favor, and grace to others and they will be drawn to the Christ in you. Remember that verse and song, “They’ll know you are Christians by your love.” Sow favor and you will reap favor. Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy. This is God’s way. Do you long to see yourself as Christ sees you? Believe what He says about you. Do you long to be used by the Lord in a greater way? Allow the light and grace and favor of the Lord to flow through you to everyone you meet. As His ambassador, the Lord has a job, an appointment, for you, my friend. Don’t miss it!

Ruminate on that.