Earning more of God's favor: Knowledge of him
Many people, many Christians think that we can increase God's favors by being nice, praying a lot, giving enough, forgiving many, spreading the gospel, and doing all kinds of sacrifices for God's Kingdom, but that is not true. We receive God's favors through grace. However, the truth is we can increase or decrease God's favors and blessings and we are looking at how to do that today. Those who proclaim the gospel of grace almost make us lose the point too. They convince us that we just have to sit and not do anything. If God is to bless you, He will and if He won't bless you, he won't. Just sit and do nothing. I am afraid this is not the whole truth too.
Favors through work or just grace?
Just like salvation, forgiveness or anything that we receive through grace, faith is the only channel. This does mean that we totally do nothing, we believe. Can believing happen without first knowing Him? To be sure, after we have heard or met Jesus, we believe in Him. And then how do we meet Jesus or hear about Him? We can meet God in scriptures, through others, and even directly from Him as He confronted Paul. Remember, even nature, trees and mountains, stones and animals all speak God's word and nature (Romans chapter 1).
This brings us to our point: The knowledge of Him, knowing God and His nature.
Listen, many of us do not benefit from God simply because we do not know how much He can give us so we decline and others increase yet we work for the same God. Knowing much of God does not mean reading more about Him or studying him, it simply means a personal understanding, experience and relationship with him. Do not get surprised if a casual Christian gets more from Him than her pastor or a theologian!
What are favors?
You see, most of the times, we do not know God on personal basis; we know Him as a group. We know him in the church, at the school, in the family, and what he has done for us as His people. Any person knowing God on personal basis is different and special and in most cases not understood by his usual congregation. Usually, a group is aware of how God presents, how godly people live, an individual person has his unique way of relating and behaving with God which brings controversies in most cases among his people.
Anyway, what is the point?Do you want to make your life different? Do you want to prosper in business, in relationships, education, general life, and even in your own soul? Start searching and seeking God on personal basis. Tell God how you want to be following your desires, even when such desires are looked at as sins in your group, church, family or congregation. Express to God how rich you want to be in money, life, friends, and his grace. Ask for more favors each day; learn that he is a bottomless source of everything.
The more you understand him, the more you will ask and expect much (faith) and the more you will be favored or blessed with. Remember, God’s favors are immense and can be portrayed in various ways and not limited to financial, relationship, education, and long life successes. Usually, He blesses us with what we need than what we want! Pay attention to His will as He bless and favors you all the way.
Oh God, may you favors us and enlarge our lives both spiritually and physically and also make us a blessing to others. Amen
God bless you