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Finding Favor

Favor is a bestowed virtue from a superior to an inferior. It is unmerited and though not earned, it can be conferred as a result of a leader recognizing the accomplishments of a follower.

Sometimes the process for its conveyance is not apparent. Employees will do almost anything when attempting to gain it. Children will wax, “sweet” in the demeanor to curry it from parents. Yet favor is not a wage to be warranted, a promotion to be rewarded or a debt to be paid. It is a gift from a benefactor which intentionally parades his pleasure.

Favor may feel illusive, but there are some circumstances which allow it to come out of hiding.  God says in 1Pet 2:20 “…if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God.”

When one suffers through injustice, the Father recognizes the intentional identification with Christ’ pain and allows the favor He has already bestowed to come out of hiding and manifest itself.  So, suffer right and suffer well…

Kingdom Citizens

Traveling internationally means entering into a foreign culture. To the natives, the food, drink and language are all natural and normal. To the visitor, everything is unusual and sometimes distasteful.

Peter understood the dynamics of cross cultural assimilation. His insight inspired him to metaphorically use the “foreigner” concept to explain how Christians should view themselves in relationship to the world.  He said in 1Pet 2:11 “Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul.”

When we were born again (John 3:3-7), we were translated from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of God (Col 1:13). Paul said in Eph 2:19 that with respect to our heavenly alliance we are, “…fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household.” Therefore being citizens of God’s kingdom, we are foreigners in this world thus making things in it unusual and distasteful. 

So, when the world prepares a banquet of fleshly enticements, remind yourself that home cooking always taste best. Live right and live well…

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