Favor ain t fair meaning
Scripture: Genesis Denomination: Baptist. It is essential as well as imperative to know that today we are dealing with a subject that has been misconstrued by many. This subject has derived from the thoughts of those who spend lest time with God and more time with man. In understanding the subject for today, you as a believer must sit back and question your relationship with God. The definition we are gained from Webster messes our minds up. Webster says that "favor" is: A gracious, friendly, or obliging act that is freely granted. Here we need to understand some things. I know many of you have missed the point already. It is not because of no degrees, no physical apperance, or no other thing that man is compelled too.
Or the cop lets us go without a ticket. Or we get a promotion that we knew we were undeserving of.
Some Christian leaders have said statements like "Favor ain't fair," referring to how God blesses and raises up leaders as He pleases, not necessarily based off their work or effort, but to His good pleasure. Sometimes they use this phrase to mean, "Hey, God has blessed me, what can I say about it," and subtly teasing "Too bad you don't have the favor of God that I have. While I believe that God clearly blesses us apart from our earning it, I also think that this takes us off point from the true spiritual blessings we have retained in Christ. Do we realize that the favor God has given us in Christ is far greater than any other favor-full gift He might give us. And when I say far greater, I am speaking of light years, millenia, infinitely, unspeakable, inexplicably, shockingly beyond any benefit or advantage we might gain here on this earth. All of us come to God with a zero. Other gifts like financial well-being, food in our stomach, friends to enjoy life with, and purpose and calling do not add much to this scale. They cannot add anything to what we have already been given in Christ. When we trust in Christ's cross work on our behalf, we already have it, it is already ours. Here is where the rubber meets the road: when I put even an ounce of ungratefulness, or "why me, Lord"'s next to what Christ has done on the cross for me, it is pure sin.
We grew up in the same area. Went to the same schools. Made some of the same bad decisions. I came to the conclusion that it must now be my responsibility to act on that- to uphold my end of the bargain with God. NC native, now planted in Jacksonville, FL. Happily married to a handsome church-planting pastor. I am easily excited by Jesus, education, cupcakes, Moleskine notebooks, and Pepsi. Overwhelmed by God's amazing grace, undeserving of His love and mercy. Seriously, I have listed as a link. I know that we are all blessed, but there is definitely additional reward in obedience.
Or the cop lets us go without a ticket. Or we get a promotion that we knew we were undeserving of. Like many people, the last thing I ever wanted to be was normal. I hated blending in. If anything seemed normal, I wanted absolutely nothing to do with it.
Dang, talk about favor. I had always marveled at the favor given to them and had spent most of my life praying that God would grant me the same. Their favor all came at a cost. I wonder if she felt lonely because quite honestly, no one could really understand what she was going through. I wonder if King David ever found it unfair that he would have to keep running for his life because of his favorable anointing. And I wonder if he ever battled loneliness as he sat alone in dark caves fending for his life.
I wonder if Peter would lay awake at night and miss the community and lifestyle he had left behind. I wonder if he ever felt lonely even amidst the other 11 men who had been on the journey with him.
Everyone wants the legacy. No one wants the loneliness that comes with it. But what has really wrecked me this week is the revelation that never once did Jesus cry out about being lonely. It says something that the One most highly favored was also misunderstood, mocked, and betrayed. If anyone had the right to know loneliness, it would be Jesus.
And yet in the midst of it all, I see Jesus turn to the Father again and again. To Jesus, favor was not getting something in return for His sacrifice. To Jesus, favor was being given the privilege to demonstrate relationship, intimacy, love and trust with the Father. And it is only in His presence that loneliness can truly be absent. So thank you, Jesus, for being the way, the truth and the life. UltraZen Theme by UltraLinx. Maila D.