Faithful In The Little
Favor. It’s one of those Christian words we throw around without really understanding the meaning. The best way I can explain it is favor is an open door to experience God’s best in your life. When we finally realize that Jesus qualified us for a much better life than what we’re experiencing today, His favor will be evident despite the things we have done. Because the cross was adequate, we don’t have to trust in our perfect performance, only Jesus’ perfect performance in order live the life that God has planned for us.
Keep The Door Open
God’s desire is that we leave that door open and utilize the tools that He has given us, but we do have a choice in the matter. His favor isn’t going to automatically happen without our cooperation. Until you make the decision to cooperate, it’s like you are placing your foot in front of the door God is desperately trying to keep open.
Do you really believe that the blood of Jesus possesses more power than your sin? Was Jesus’ sacrifice on Calvary enough or do you need to do more? If you can place your trust in the effectiveness of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ you will begin to experience favor.
Faithful In The Little
God’s favor is so much more than an opportunity to see His promises unleashed in your life, it also starts to change your entire outlook. Things you used to neglect, like putting others before yourself, you will begin to value. You will start experiencing more joy, more peace, more love, and even a new attitude toward the things you’re going through.
In Genesis 37, God gave Joseph a dream about how he was going to be a big deal someday. He saw that his entire family’s work was going to pale in comparison to his own. And what did he do when he received this God-given dream? He continued being faithful with what he had right in front of him!
Then his brothers went to feed their father's flock in Shechem. And Israel said to Joseph, “Are not your brothers feeding the flock in Shechem? Come, I will send you to them.” So he said to him, “Here I am.” Then he said to him, “Please go and see if it is well with your brothers and well with the flocks, and bring back word to me.” So he sent him out of the Valley of Hebron, and he went to Shechem.
It’s important to note that Shechem was not just down the street from Hebron – it was about 60 miles away! There was no Uber to take him where he needed to go. 17 year old Joseph more than likely walked all the way to Shechem! Then, in verse 17, he learns that his brothers had moved on about 17 miles away to the town of Dothan. In total, that’s almost an 80 mile trek—one way!
Put yourself in Joseph's shoes. Imagine if God had given you a dream that you were going to be one of the most powerful men in the country; even your dad and brothers would be bowing down to you. Then your dad wants you to walk 80 miles to check on your hate-filled brothers. How would you respond?
Most people would say, “Don’t you know who I am? Didn’t you hear what God wants to do with my life? I’m done being your errand boy! If you want to check on my brothers, go ahead and do it yourself – I’m done!” But that’s not how Joseph handled the situation.
Even though he was confident in what the Lord had told him would happen, he remained faithful to his father. He still worked, he still made sure everything Jacob needed handled was done. He was faithful in the little and I believe that was the beginning of journey of steps toward Joseph eventually experiencing God’s full favor.
When we begin to be faithful in the little, it’s like we are moving our foot out of the way of the door and allowing God to work in our life.
Wisdom, Not Works
But wait. Didn’t we just say that God’s favor has nothing to do with our performance?! Definitely! This has nothing to do with God withholding his favor until you learn to be more faithful, it still has everything to do with the faithfulness of Jesus on the Cross. But as you put your trust in Jesus’ faithfulness it will cause us to become more faithful in the little things. This is not works, it’s wisdom!
The change is effortless, but the results are endless. The more we realize who God truly is and what He has done for us, the more it begins to change us from the inside out. Then those little changes become bigger ones and the door of favor opens wider and wider.
Today, I encourage you to trust in the finished work of the cross. As you do, you will see a change in yourself as well as your circumstances. It may not happen all at once, but before you know it you will see that you are living in God’s favor and never look back.