Has anyone said that to you recently? Did you grant that favor? If you did, why?
If you did, it’s probably because they have favor with you…or you owe them big time, just kidding. This does get me thinking about Luke 4:18-19, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for He has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.
The Lords favor is here, now, and available…Do you have favor?
In this portion of the Scripture, Jesus is clearly saying the favor of the Lord is here, what are you going to do with it?
Like the people in Nazareth are you going to drag it out to the cliff and toss it over…or are you going to embrace it?
Keep in mind you can’t just toss favor over a cliff, but you can reject it and, if you do, it will just pass right on by
In Jesus’ case, He went to the next town, Capernaum. While in that church, things went a little differently. The people there embraced that favor and amazing things happened.
The more favor you have with the Lord, the more favor you have with the people around you, your friends, your family, your teachers or co-workers.
You see, there is a pattern here; find favor with God and then favor with people will follow, not the other way around. Even though the world tells you how important it is to seek favor from man, that favor only comes from seeking it from God first.
Proverbs 19:6, Many seek favor from a ruler; everyone is the friend of a person who gives gifts. As a matter of fact it says, The favor of a king is like dew on the grass…it’s gone by the afternoon.
So how do you gain the favor of the Lord? It’s simple…kind of…look at Proverbs 3:1-4, My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments; If you do this you will live many years and your life will be satisfying. Do not let kindness and truth leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and a good reputation in the sight of God and man.
This may sound easier said than done, but it’s only hard if you make it that way. If I said to my wife, “Honey, I love you, but I also love this person so I’ll just be with both of you,” she wouldn’t put up with it, and neither should God.
When it boils down to it, it’s a choice…walk in the favor of the Lord or don’t. However, walk in the middle and you’ll get squished, just like a grape.