God’s Favor


“For the wages of sin [is] death; but the act of favour of God, eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23, Darby).

Several years ago, a church in Lake of the Ozarks mapped out a strategy to engage in random acts of kindness. It was awesome to participate. For several days, we walked the blistering hot asphalt pavement with window cleaner and paper towels; we waved drivers into several service stations where we filled up tanks, washed windows, vacuumed carpets, and shared Jesus.

Kids wanted to leap from the automobiles to join in and help us. Many moms and dads were so impressed to see college and high school graduates randomly engage in acts of kindness. One mother said, “I have never seen anything like this in my life. Are you guys real? Where are you from?”

This question opened the door for one of the college students to share the gospel. Jamie said, “I am from Kansas City, Kansas. However, if you would allow me, I would like to tell you where I’m going.”

The mother said, “Are you going to one of the universities in the area, or are you going to a university or college in Kansas? Is that what you mean?”

Jamie said, “No. I’m not talking about school. I’m talking about my eternal home.”

“What do you mean? What’s an eternal home?”

Jamie responded by presenting the gospel message. Of course, God prepared this mom’s heart to hear the words. But I think showing her kindness and favor opened her ears to listen, as well.

On that day standing on an acid hot asphalt pavement, this mother received Jesus Christ as her Savior. The Bible says, “For the wages of sin is death.” That’s the bad news, but the good news is this. “But the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

We didn’t realize that what we would produce was immediate favor. Only God knows the eternal implication of one solitary random act of kindness.

“Eternal life is not a peculiar feeling inside! It is not your ultimate destination, to which you will go when you are dead. If you are born again, eternal life is that quality of life that you possess right now.”
—Major Ian Thomas

Today’s prayer…
Heavenly Father, I have Your favor. I know that I do. I have witnessed Your hand at work in my life. I have seen You do great and mighty things in my life, and I know that it is You. I love You, dear Lord. And I want to be more and more like You each and every day. Help me pass your favor on to those around me—both friends and strangers—in word and in actions. This is Your servant’s prayer. Amen!

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Hope does not put us to shame.

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From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God” (Jonah 2:1)

[/blockquote]High school sweethearts Shelia and Butch got engaged during their senior year in high school. In order to afford college Butch joined the army out of high school and served four tours in Afghanistan. During this time Butch and Shelia carried on a long distance relationship and, soon after Butch arrived home from Afghanistan, he and Shelia were married. The following year Grace Nicole was born. Immediately Butch and Shelia began having serious marital problems. Butch was drinking heavily and Shelia was sliding into deep depression. Butch realized that their lives were literally falling apart and, in a moment of desperation, he cried out, “Lord, God where are You? I’m losing my way, Father. My wife is drowning in the deepest pit of emotional depression. Lord, God of Heaven and Earth, please save us now.”

In the same way, Jonah cried out to the “Lord, God” from within the belly of the big fish. Out of anger and utter frustration, Jonah accused God of casting him into the hopeless deep. Jonah paints a vivid picture of his demise. Death had wrapped its tentacles around him like seaweed. Jonah’s hope appeared to have lost its usefulness; as he began to sink into the bottomless pit of the sea.

The apostle Paul wrote, “Hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us” (Romans 5:5).

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“Other men see only a hopeless end, but the Christian rejoices in an endless hope.” —Gilbert M. Beeken

[/blockquote] Butch and Sheila reconnected with a local church and learned the value of hope through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. A relationship that refuses to let down even the most disappointed believer. Today they are walking in the fullness of victory serving the Lord and this community because someone was there to share the love of Christ with them in their hour of desperate need.

The Blue Water Area Rescue Mission is proud to work with the local church as we keeping watch on the waterfront of despair, providing lifelines for those drowning in the waves of adversity and the undertow of addiction through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

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