Bible Ballistics: BBs #160 Whose Favor Are We Seeking???
We live in a world focused on “fame” and “popularity”! Everyone is seeking to be recognized, praised, publicized, and awarded the accolades of man. But what am I seeking? What are you seeking? If we are followers of Jesus Christ and children of God, we should have a different pursuit. Our pursuit should be the pleasure and glory of God. We are to be in ‘favor’ with God, and causing no intentional harm to men. Jesus calls us to Christian diligence and awareness:
“Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” Matthew 10:16
We are sent out in Christ’s stead, to be His representatives and ambassadors, but what does that look like? Let’s see what scripture says?
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. 21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
Paul is reminding us that when we are “born again”, we are made “new” in Jesus, because we have been ‘reconciled’ to God by the blood of Jesus. God sent His Son to redeem us from the penalty, power and eventually the very presence of sin to a purpose, to become ‘reconcilers’ to the world. To tell the world the good news that Jesus still saves and changes lives today. Not a salvation that condones sin, or leaves a man in the degradation of his sin and ‘lostness’, but a salvation that makes new, redeemed creatures out of sinful men, women, boys and girls. Jesus will see that “all things are become new”. It is our purpose to yield to Him, to trust our lives to Him and let His glory be seen in us everyday, every step of our life journey.
So, are we in tune with our Lord? Are we seeking to please Him in all we do?
“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31
And when we do all to God’s glory, amazing things can happen; we begin to live in God’s purpose before men:
“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” Romans 5:1-2
We ARE at “peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”!!! And once we are at peace with God, we can grow in grace and holiness and power with Him, and He can use us in the realm of men.
1 Samuel 2:26, “And the child Samuel grew on, and was in favour both with the Lord, and also with men.”
Luke 2:52, “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.”
Proverbs 16:7, “When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.”
God is in control—
Of my circumstances—
Of my encounters—
Of my experiences—
Of my every breath.
So??? Here’s our shot for today.
Will I seek the favor of God or the favor of man?
If I seek the favor of man I will seldom please God.
When I seek the favor of God, He will often bring me into favor with those around me—but not always.
The question to consider is, “Will I please God even if it brings me into ‘disfavor’ with the world around me?”
Am I willing to live for God no matter the cost, or suffering, or discomfort to me?
Will I trust my every step to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? Will I live His way?
“Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. 18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” Romans 12:17-19