We tend to misunderstand the word “favor” often as Christians. We think favor is something that God has towards us and that it is a means to benefit and build us. But that’s not entirely true. You see, favor is really to benefit the people around us. It is our responsibility to steward favor in our lives to others. We are to use our favor to be a blessing unto those around us. But sometimes we are on the opposite side of the spectrum… when we are not experiencing favor in a certain season while others around us are. It becomes difficult not to envy those around us who are receiving favor when we think it should be given to us.
In Luke chapter 5, we see the story of Jesus telling the disciples to cast their nets down. And in verse 6 it says, “When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break.” Then in verse 7 it says, “So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink”. Because those boats were around the disciple’s boat, they were able to be filled with the favor that filled and overflowed from the disciple’s boat. When God fills, he overflows. And if those on the boats decided to have hearts of envy, if they would have left the scene, they would have never experienced the overflow of favor that would have affected others around them as well.
So rather than envying those around us that have favor, we should be rejoicing with them, around them. Because what fills always overflows. As for the favored in this story, because they called over the other boats to participate in their blessing, those other boats were able to experience and witness the glory of God in that moment. They were able to experience that miracle.
So, for those of us that have favor, steward it. For those that don’t, be around people that do. Rejoice with them, celebrate their blessings and favor, do not envy them… for what fills, overflows.