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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.

chapelScripture 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.

What do you think? Share your thoughts!


fda-sorge3Welcome 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!

18 Comments

  1. Well Dude, I always knew I was God’s favorite…just look at my collection of mansions, yachts and piles of money! Seriously tho’…knowing that He is a Father who rewards them that diligently seek Him is good enough for me!
    Jay Cookingham recently posted..Why I’m Not Who I AmMy Profile

    • Ha! And yeah, we can’t please Him without faith and part of that is believing He rewards those who diligently seek Him. I want to please Him! Thanks Jay. 🙂

  2. I want to be one of His favorites!

    If that statement is true, then I will desire to spend my time with Him. He will not be an afterthought… He will be before and in my every thought.
    Dusty Rayburn recently posted..Found Watching When He ComesMy Profile

    • Amen. What a wonderful place to live! Thank you, Dusty.

  3. Well Sorge definitely answered and made his point about The Fire Of Delayed Answers in this chapter with the example of Christ. As we struggle with the difficult times that we can’t know the ultimate outcome of, the resurrection of Jairus’ daughter and Lazarus point to the fact that it is about our lives being used to point to His glory and His sovereignty over this world. And we are called to continue to seek His will and trust in His majesty over His creation. This is an awesome chapter.

    • Absolutely agree. The delays represented in these testimonies from Jesus’ ministry are incredible. What they convey to us is so beautiful: hope. We can surely trust Him with all we have and all we are! Thanks so much, Floyd.

  4. My heart is to follow hard after Jesus. I want to be His favorite too!
    Joell recently posted..Giants of Faith.My Profile

    • Yes! Thanks Joell.

  5. The idea of being God’s favorites because of pursuing Him becomes clear when thinking about His disciples. He definitely had those He spent more time with for hopefully obvious reason. The more our hearts desire Him and pursue Him, the more we know of His presence. The cool part is that being His favorite isn’t exclusive. ANYONE can become one of God’s favorites!
    Kari Scare recently posted..Delayed LessonsMy Profile

    • So true. That’s what makes the truth about Him being no respecter of persons so wonderful. I don’t have to do or achieve anything. I simply come. Thanks Kari.

  6. I’m really glad you posted on this as it wasn’t something I fully understood when reading the book. Thank you for providing clarity.

    You have some really good thoughts here.

    • Glad it made sense, TC. 🙂 Thanks so much.

  7. As I read your post, Jason, this verse from “Who Am I?” came into my head: “Not because of who I am, but because of what You’ve done. Not because of what I’ve done, but because of who You are.” I know that this doesn’t sound like it goes with “favorites,” but I’m thinking that when we are focused on and grateful to God for all He has given us, we can’t help become one of His favored children.
    Blessings!
    Martha Orlando recently posted..The Voice of the LordMy Profile

    • I think you’re right, Martha. When we focus on gratitude and His presence, we can’t help but attract His favor and grace. Good thoughts! Thank you.

  8. Focus and endurance are keys, but gosh, they are not easy! Though, I suppose if it were easy, everyone could attain to it, and no faith would have to be built along the way…
    Sarah Salter recently posted..“Only Believe”My Profile

    • You got that right! He calls then He strengthens. He leads and renews the call. He enables and graces and favors and blesses. I just have to stay close! Thank you, Sarah.

  9. This was a good one, as we all struggle with our ‘place’ in the family

    • So true. We love family, we struggle with family--whether in the physical sense or the spiritual one. Thank you, David.

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