I’m God’s Favorite
Not too long ago, I was privileged to lead worship for a conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. One of the ministers there, Frankie Powell, made a great analogy.
“God is no respecter of persons, this is true. But He does have favorites.”
He went on to explain that if you were a pastor who had someone in his congregation that just wanted to be around you all the time–this person took every opportunity to help or just spend time with you or make requests–you couldn’t ignore that person. By virtue of their constant presence, you would give them what they wanted.
To everyone else, it would appear to be favoritism, but you would know it was simply the persistence with which you were pursued.
Scripture connects God’s favor and His face.
If we’ll stay before His face, we’ll be one of His favorites.
God doesn’t show favoritism, but He has His favorites — He reserves the highest encounters for those who diligently seek Him and walk in abandoned obedience. –Bob Sorge, the Fire of Delayed Answers
My timing is not always God’s timing, but I don’t have to give up either. I can stay in His face and remain a recipient of the favor I desperately need. We can all have hope. It’s not about how wise, beautiful, persuasive, bold, or talented you are. It all comes down to focus and endurance.
For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong… –1 Corinthians 1:26-27
You weren’t called because of what you’ve done or will do. You were called because He chose you and He plans to use you to show off. You’re a favorite of God if you hold to His word and walk in faith and trust.
As I said, seeking His favor is not equivalent to trying to manipulate Him into giving you everything you selfishly want. It’s about seeking His face. It’s about knowing Him, abiding in His presence.
Yeah, I want to be God’s favorite.
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Welcome to week 1 of Chapter 6 for our book club discussion of the Fire of Delayed Answers (disclosure) by Bob Sorge. We are taking a sentence, paragraph, or passage that inspires, encourages, or challenges and writing about it. Since the chapters are longer and subject matter warrants, we’ll also be taking 2 weeks for each chapter. If you have a response on your blog, add it to the widget below. Either way, head over to my friend and co-facilitator, Sarah Salter’s blog for her thoughts. Whether you’ve read the chapter or not, please dive into the conversation!