Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Favor


Genesis 39:2-3 "The Lord was with Joseph, so he succeeded in everything he did as he served in the home of his Egyptian master. Potipher noticed this and realized that the Lord was with Joseph, giving him success in everything he did."

In 2006, I became part of a program called Masters Commission. The whole point of this program was to spend a year completely devoted to knowing God and making him known. We had hour long prayer every morning, memorized 300 scriptures, and became part of different institutes that helped us to learn and grow. It was an amazing year, and I met some of the most incredible friends and leaders that have and continue to make such an impact in my life.

I received so many amazing opportunities. I was chosen to go on the first trip of the year to Page Arizona (I wonder if they picked me because my name is Paige, lol). During the yearly conference, we were all divided up into teams, and I was one of the two first year students who were chosen to be on the MCIN team and basically help run the conference. I was chosen to help direct the play our first year class wrote. I was chosen to help direct the 1st and 2nd year parent service. This was such an important year for me, because I had been in church all my life, and had always received great opportunities to serve within my church. But the fact that I could go to a new place, where I didn't know anyone, and still receive opportunities mean I wasn't just lucky. I had favor.

Now what does this have to do with anything? Well when I was reading this scripture in Genesis I was thinking about what it actually meant for the Lord to be with someone. This scripture tells us that Joseph was receiving these opportunities because it was obvious that the Lord was with him and making him successful. I think that having the Lord with you is much more than just going to church on Sunday and proclaiming to be a follower of Christ.

I think having the Lord with you is about spending time with Him. It's about being faithful and doing everything as if you are doing it for the Lord. I believe that pouring your heart into things and doing your best is a reflection of Christ within us. Favor and opportunity isn't simply give. Favor and opportunity is something you earn.

Have I been living in God's favor, or have I been selling myself short? Have I been doing my best in everything, or have I simply been getting by.

The Bible promises us that we have been given that authority to do even greater works than Christ did during his life. But do we actually live that out? Do we even attempt to heal the sick or cast out demons? If we have been giving the authority to do even greater acts, why do we refuse to live in that promise? Maybe we are scared, or maybe we just can't believe that we have been given that much power. We can't do anything on our own, but we hare powerful and mighty because it is Christ who lives within us and gives us the ability to accomplish great things in his name.

Now the rest is up to us. Are we going to continue to live the mediocre life, or are we going to live in God's favor. You were created for much more than to work to pay bills and then die. I hope to live my life in such a way that points Jesus... I hope that is your desire too.

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