My wife Jo continues her thoughts on Favour.
Freely received, freely given
In my first blog on favour, I shared what favour is and how we grow in it. Recently, I’ve been thinking about what we do with the favour we have, why we have it and how do we really steward it.
Faithfulness is a trait which God is looking for in his people. He is looking for people who will faithfully steward what He has given them, not for their own benefit but for the people around them. God gives us favour so that we can release it to the people He has put around us, He gives it to us because He trusts us and we have proven faithful.
James 4 v 10 “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various form”
When we walk in favour, we have a tremendous responsibility. Favour is given to us so we can serve others, to serve more effectively and with a greater capacity to love those around us. In my opinion, favour and love should go hand in hand, you should use one with the other.
Matthew 22 v 37-39
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’
Our mandate is first to God, then to those He has put around us. Love is a cornerstone, all our behaviours should flow from it. We do not love others because we will gain anything from it, love is selfless. We give because He called us to, and because it is our joy to do so. When we love people, our automatic position is to give them what we have received. When we receive favour, we give the fruit of it away to those around us. We cannot give someone our favour, but they can receive the fruit of it. Like you cannot give someone else your salvation, but people around you can experience the fruit of your salvation; love, joy etc. demonstrated in your life.
Bill Johnson says, ‘When people use the favour of God for personal gain, and not for Kingdom purposes, they have chosen where they will level off in their development and experience.’
When have you had enough? Stewarding His favour and love is a learning curve, because we often want to put limitations on it according to what we feel we can handle. His favour is an affirmation of who we are and His love for us, so who are we to tell God that we have received enough? By putting a limitation on God’s favour in our lives, we are actually limiting the power in which He can work through us to the people around us. I have a huge heart for Scotland, to see my nation transformed and powerfully impacted by Jesus. I do that by stewarding the favour that God has given me for the people around me by giving favour’s fruit away.
Matthew 10 v 8
“Freely you have received, freely give”
If I want to see cancer eradicated, I pray for the headache. To see a nation transformed, I love the person next to me.
We all have favour, how are you going to use yours?