At points in our lives, we all desire promotion in and through God. After all, promotion in God brings deeper relationship with Him, and promotion in our call allows us to do more for Him. Additionally, promotion, when coming from God, brings great favor. However, one thing we tend to overlook is that both promotion and favor come with responsibilities.
Join us below as we discover:
- How promotion, favor, and responsibility are connected
- How even King Solomon knew responsibility, in addition to promotion and favor
- And why responsibility is not something we should fear
Promotion and Favor:
Promotion can come from God or from man. However, while there may be similarities within both types of promotion, only promotion from God comes with pure, long-lasting benefits.
When man promotes us without the prompting of God and we take it—thinking it is from God or not—we may still find a level of favor, but it will be nothing like the unmerited favor of God. Further, it is going to be much more difficult to maintain, to find joy in, to be led by the Holy Spirit and to find rest in it. Basically, it has no lasting place because it was not meant to be a stop on our journey—even if God’s promotion for us was to be similar.
Yet, when God brings promotion as we are listening and abiding in the place where He desires us to receive it… miracles happen. We are granted strength to do things for and in God that we thought were beyond us. We are able to stay the course, to find joy, peace, and rest even in the trying days, as the Holy Spirit guides us. Additionally, we are blessed with unmerited favor—favor not earned, beyond what should be our portion, and often leading to supernatural results or acceleration.
This favor is the sort that causes us to stare wide-eyed at what is going on; overwhelmed that God would move in such ways to bless us and those around us. That He would use us.
Unmerited favor is beautiful, and while it is a perfect gift from God, it is important to keep our hearts and eyes ultimately fixed on Him so that we do not get lost in seeking what is in His hand.
PROMOTION leads to FAVOR, both of which lead to RESPONSIBILITY!
Still, what does promotion and favor mean for us?
Well, it means that we have resources and connections to do the things God would have us do. It means that we are less likely to waste time on unimportant things, as God opens doors of favor. It means that because we are not qualified for the position God has put us in, He gets all the glory. It means that we are not in the same season as before, that we have shifted into a new season with God. And it means that more is expected of us in our behavior, words, and thoughts. That we have a greater level of responsibility; not only in our walk with God, but with those He puts in our path.
Responsibility and WHY We Need Not Fear It:
Responsibility is a word not commonly enjoyed. It means something is expected of us, and there are many reasons why people do not like that.
Because, if something is expected of us then:
- We have to move forward; we cannot dwell in the past
- We have to take action; we cannot remain idle or lazy
- We have to aim for something; accepting that there is a possibility of failure
- We have to step out of our comfort zone; often trying new or ‘scary’ things
- We have to rely on God; we have to let go of control
When nothing is expected of us, we do not have to aim high or know the feeling of missing a goal. We do not have to really do anything, and so, we never have to feel bad about not moving or failing.
Yet, without expectations we can never know:
- Pride in accomplishing a goal; not pride contrary to God, but rather closer to satisfaction
- Hope fulfilled; without this we have hope deferred which makes the heart sick (Proverbs 13:12)
- Joy from doing the will of the Lord
- The ability to journey higher
- A deeper connection with God
- The lessons learned as we journey
- And more…
Responsibility is not something that should be feared WHEN we realize that it is only through God that we are able to prosper, accomplishing His purposes, in the promotion and favor God has given us.
Responsibility is something to be savored. Because, if God puts us in a position of responsibility, then that means He knows we are capable of achieving it with Him! It means He believes in us! And if God believes in us—when we lean on His help, strength, and guidance—then we ought to trust the truth of it… because God sees the whole picture while we see only a portion.
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”—Romans 8:31
Responsibility might come in a variety of ways, but God is with us through it all. In Him we can tackle any form or level of responsibility that we encounter. It is a part of God’s truth and love.
Still, if we somehow doubted the truth of this, we can find it within God’s Word! With one amazing example being found through King David’s words to his son, Solomon, and of course, the outcome of faithfulness, promotion, favor, responsibility, and blessing that Solomon knew!
“As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever. Consider now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary; be strong, and do it.”—1 Chronicles 28:9-10
Solomon was given the position of king and a kingdom at peace. It was his inheritance, and an impressive one. However, Solomon also had expectation and responsibility placed upon him; to not only build a Temple for God, but to do so with specific tools, materials, and in a particular way. He was also expected to obey the Lord, care for an entire nation, be a man devoted to God’s commandments, and even act as a judge—such as in the case of the two women who each claimed that a single baby was theirs. In all these ways, and many more, there were expectations and responsibilities placed squarely on the shoulders of Solomon…
Expectations that no man could seemingly handle…
Yet, because Solomon went to God first and asked for Godly wisdom to fulfill those responsibilities, Solomon was able to walk in his promotion and favor in the way he was meant to. Because Solomon leaned on God, Solomon was able to fulfill that which he was given to accomplish, along with all the responsibilities that came with his promotion and favor.
Now, Solomon was not perfect—even after receiving wisdom from God—but he was CHOSEN. God chose Solomon to fill the position, tasks, and responsibility He passed on through King David’s line. And there were many others God could have chosen, after all, King David had MANY sons and daughters… but God chose Solomon, and Solomon, in turn—while stumbling at times—chose God.
When God chooses us, we have the ability to do everything He asks… but we have to be wise like Solomon and turn to God for help. We have to lean on Him!
In the eyes of man we may not be right for the job, and each of us has and will sin… but the truth of the matter is, God does not call the qualified, He qualifies those He calls.
Being called by God means that to and in Him, we are enough!
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