Many, if not all Christians, want to be beneficiaries of God’s favour; but beyond that, it is important to be a channel of God’s favour, so that we can be a source of blessing to others. When your path crosses those who are channels of God’s favour it changes the trajectory of your life. Every Christian is a carrier of God’s favour because favour simply means grace.
God’s favour upon one could be in the form of anointing, skill, talent, or special gifts that distinguishes one from the crowd. God has given each one of us different gifts (Romans 12:6-8). In Joseph’s case, he was industrious and had the gift of interpreting dreams. Potiphar and Pharaoh’s lives were changed for the better when they came in contact with Joseph. Nebuchadnezzar’s life was also changed when he came in contact with Daniel. Peter’s life was transformed completely the day he met Jesus by the Sea of Galilee.
Joseph was not only a beneficiary of God’s favour but also a carrier of God’s favour. God blessed Potiphar because of Joseph. Potiphar himself acknowledged that God blessed him because of the presence of Joseph. “And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand. And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the LORD blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the LORD was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field.” (Genesis 39:4-5 KJV).
Despite the shortcomings of Jacob, he was greatly gifted by God. His presence brought great blessings to the house of Laban. He was a huge asset to Laban as Laban confessed, “And Laban said to him, ‘Please stay, if I have found favor in your eyes, for I have learned by experience that the Lord has blessed me for your sake.’ ” (Genesis 30:27 NKJV).
The Philistines in Gerar acknowledged that the hand of the Lord was on Isaac and they wisely choose to align themselves with him in a mutual agreement. “They said, “We see clearly that the Lord has been with you; so we said, ‘There should now be an oath between us [with a curse for the one who breaks it], that is, between you and us, and let us make a covenant (binding agreement, solemn promise) with you, that you will not harm us, just as we have not touched you and have done nothing but good to you and have sent you away in peace. You are now the blessed and favored of the Lord!’ ”(Genesis 26:28-29 AMP).
Mary was highly favoured by God, and the evidence of God’s favour upon her manifested once she visited and greeted Elizabeth. We read that the baby in the womb leapt and Elizabeth was immediately filled with the Holy Spirit. “And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.” (Luke 1:41 NKJV).
God’s grace was always on display wherever Paul went to. In his letter to the Romans he admonished, “For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be established— that is, that I may be encouraged together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.” (Romans 1:11-12 NKJV). You are a receptacle of God’s favour.