Favor = Influence
But while Joseph was there in the prison, the Lord was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden…. The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph’s care, because the Lord was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did. –Genesis 39:20–23
It always amazes me at how influential people can be when God grants them favor with others. Joseph went from being enslaved to the second most influential person in Egypt not only because he chose to do the right thing, but also because the Lord “granted him favor”.
When Jesus gives you favor with people I believe two things happen. First, He turns our heart towards them. When this happens we become more concerned about the lives of others, we can then speak and act in ways that go beyond selfishness and into servanthood. His love and grace are shown through us in a clear way. Second, He turns the hearts of others towards you. This gives others a favorable attitude towards you, increasing the impact of your words and actions on their life. Simply put, more influence.
Our culture is constantly trying to influence you to act, behave or believe in a way that draws you away from Jesus. As His follower (aka a Christian), you are tasked with influencing people in a positive way and pointing them to Him. This means loving and serving the people around you while you ask God to give you favor so your influence goes beyond that of the culture and moves people toward an eternity with Jesus.
Written by Pastor Jon Verwey