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It’s common in Christian circles to hear that we are God’s favorites or that we are walking under the favor of God.  In my experience, often times that is equated with some special treatment or blessing that God pours out on our lives.  For me, that message always carried with it some sort of preferential tone that led me to believe when things weren’t always pretty I had somehow slipped from that place of favor.

The truth is that message needs a little perspective.

The Greek word for favor is charis (khar’ese).  According to Strong’s Concordance it refers to graciousness of manner or act, specifically the divine influence on the heart and its reflection in life.

The message and the work in Mary, told in  Luke 1:28,30 was one of divine favor.  Her heart was influenced by the message she heard and the supernatural messenger who delivered it.  It was no ordinary word and it carried with it the choice of an obedient heart.

Mary’s choice to submit herself to the plan of God and walk in obedience, carried with it a blessing of favor.  It wasn’t a choice without cost.  There was much to consider and some pain involved, not just at Jesus birth, but along the journey of raising him, and through His death on the cross.

The same is true for us.  Our destinies begin with the influence of God and Holy Spirit on our hearts.  The message is often beyond our own capabilities or thoughts.  It often seems impossible. Along with the unspeakable joy, there is pain.

Yet as we choose to accept the mission and walk in obedience, God’s favor shines through each step.  It is a blessing not based on our own ability.  It doesn’t carry a “You are my favorite child of the family,” message. Instead it is one where our hearts are changed over and we enter a season of growth, and result producing influence in our world.  We move from underachievers to overcomers!

God’s favor has nothing to do with our status in life.  It has to do with the divine influence we allow Him to have in our life.  Rich or poor, a citizen of America or some third world country, educated or not, the message is the same. It is a call to all of mankind.

Your story is important to the world.  You have a destiny.  God has a plan. You are my creation and I want to create things through you. 

The questions are the same too.  Will you hear the message?  Will you move beyond the things you don’t understand?  Will you accept and allow His plan for you?

When you answer yes and follow-up with your actions, the flavor of God’s favor is beyond what you could imagine!

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