If I ask for a favor, I want someone else to do something for me like a special treatment. Favor also means “an act of kindness beyond what is due or usual”. I don’t know many people who don’t like “favors” from others. As a Dad, I always want to do “favors” for my children to bless them and help them. I also love it when others want to shower me with favor. I especially love it when I feel God’s favor on me. God favored Mary. Check this out…26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” 29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” 34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.” 38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her. (Luke 1:26-38 NIV)
I love Mary’s attitude and humble spirit. I believe a good attitude and humble spirit correlate to God’s favor. I believe that God looks for these characteristics in pouring out His favor. This is very motivation and inspiring to me. I want the favor of God on me every day. I want the favor of God on my business. I know that with the Lord’s favor on my and my business that I’m walking in step with Him and all I do can bring Him glory and honor. I can help others with honor, honesty and professional skill and the Lord will honor my work and His favor can rest on me. I really desire that more than market share and wealth. I do believe that with His favor can come market share, wealth and influence. I want to live and work with the favor of God on me the rest of my life.