Monday, December 28, 2015

Merry Christmas Favor Continues

The two couples decided to have an early Christmas dinner together meeting at a local restaurant.  Mrs. Williams wanted to give a book to her friend, but didn’t know which one she would prefer so she brought two books with her. 

After her friend made the selection, Mrs. Williams put the other book on the table intending to give it to the waitress for Christmas. They all enjoyed their time together and spent over two hours conversing. 

When it was time to go both couples placed a tip on the table.  Mr. Williams then put an additional tip down.  The other couple both commented on what Mr. Williams did; first the husband, then the wife. 

“No, we left enough. That is too much… She was OK, but not that good.” 

“But it’s Christmas and she has a son … she has to work Christmas Day.” Replied Mr. Williams. 

Mrs. Williams had enough of the squabbling and picked up the extra tip placing it inside the cover of the book next to her.  She didn’t say a word. 

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Looking to Show Favor 

The couples prepared to leave the restaurant and put on their coats. As he was putting on his scarf, Mr. Williams turned to his wife and quietly said, “What are you going to do?” 

He knew his wife wanted to show the waitress favor by giving her the extra cash regardless of the service, but her main intent was to give the book that contained the gospel message of the birth and life of Christ.  

Not wanting to make a big ordeal out of the situation Mrs. Williams laid out the plan. 

“You go ahead of me and get them to go outside. I’ll give it to the waitress when they are out of sight.”

Mr. Williams led their friends out to the lobby and began exiting the building when the other couple stopped short.  He didn’t count on that.  Where is your wife?” They asked. 

With their friends out of the room, Mrs. Williams tracked down the waitress who was cleaning up a spill in front of one of the food areas.  After she handed it to her she hugged the waitress and said, “This is for you.  Have a Merry Christmas!” 

With a thankful heart the waitress burst out in joy, “This has made my day, thank you!  Merry Christmas to you too.”  

Making her way to the exit as she opened the door the gentleman asked, “Where is your book?”  The couple seemed to key off one another and went back and forth.  Mrs. Williams didn’t say anything, but they kept at her.

"What did you do with the book with the money in it?” 

Not looking at either of them she kept walking out the door and said, “I gave it away.” 

“Not with the money … no you didn’t!” 

Keeping her eyes focused on the door Mrs. Williams never turned her head and kept walking as she gave her answer, “Yes, I did!” 

Unusual Favor  

What Mrs. Williams understood is that Christmas is a time where “unusual” favor is meant to be shared.  Favor bestowed on people just because they have the power to show it, not because it is deserved.   

She related it to the birth of Christ when God sent His Son to us knowing that one day He would die on a cross to save people from their sins.  This was “unusual”, not normal and the ultimate gift of favor we celebrate as Christmas. 

People don’t have any problem when it comes to random acts of kindness, mainly due to the fact it doesn’t cost them too much.  However, random acts of favor are hard to grasp for some, especially if it comes with a hefty price tag. 

No matter how we show favor, we do it freely whether it’s time, finances or gifts.  What the giver realizes is that the “gift” itself isn’t free at all.  It cost them something, and that is where the value lies. 

Christmas Favor is Continual 

The birth of Jesus gave believers favor that never stops. The celebration we call “Christmas” means Christ the Anointed Messiah aka Christ-mas, but God didn’t intend for the blessings to last for one night.  The true message of Christmas is that it was the favor of God manifested for all mankind to partake of when they worship Jesus as Lord.

God continually shows His children favor through forgiveness, love, compassion, mercy, grace, provision and protection.  We receive these gifts gladly often forgetting that they cost Jesus His life in order for them to be freely distributed among the Body of Christ. 

The Lord’s favor is unending and without regret to those who recognize Jesus as His Son that gave of His life freely.  He showers those who believe with unlimited and unmerited (undeserved) favor. 

When God’s favor promises became revelation to me, I began including them in my daily prayers of thanksgiving.  

“But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You;
Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them;
Let those also who love Your name be joyful in You.” 

Here it comes …

“For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous;
With favor You will surround him as with a shield.”
(Psalm 5:11-12 NKJV)  

My belief in God’s Word as truth allows Him to manifest the promise of a favor shield all about me. First I obey by reading His Word, then listen for instruction and act on what I’ve been given. 

I live in God’s favor because I believe in it as part of the “original Christmas gift” of Jesus, and I take it with me all through the year.  I expect it and look for God to show up and do something wonderful, and He does! 

“Blessed is the man who listens to Me, watching daily at My gates, Waiting at the posts of My doors. For whoever finds Me finds life. And obtains favor from the LORD.” (Proverbs 8:34-35 NKJV) 

If we want God to show us favor, we have to be watching for it, waiting for the manifestation to come. Christians have to believe they are surrounded by God’s favor and protected by His angels.  We receive what we believe, so believe God’s favor is already present. 

This Week’s Challenge:
Extending Christmas Favor 

Although technically Christmas is over according to a calendar date, it’s never over for the believer. 

The challenge isn’t really a hard one, nor is it new if you’ve been participating in the weekly challenges.  As we receive the favor of God this season and continuing into the New Year, look for and find new ways to share Christmas favor like Mrs. Williams did.   

I’d like to share something about what happened to the couple that gave the book and money.  I have it on good authority that the lady reaped far more than she sowed.  Last I heard she received about $150 in unusual favor, because she extended the gift of Christmas favor toward that waitress.   

Blessings for continued favor in the coming year! 

Let Christmas Favor continue … Peace on Earth Good Will to Men

 

                                                 Until next time, God’s favor is faithful!

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