The Necessity of Purpose in maximising Favour
God gives favour for the sake of His purpose. If God gives you favour and you are unaware of the purpose, you could end up in trouble.
King Ahasuerus had favour, he was in charge of 127 provinces. His kingdom and influence were immense. He had favour but he lacked purpose.
Favour is whatever has been given to you as an advantage. You cannot measure favour by how others see favour. You must understand that all things are working for your good.
God gave King David favour as warfare. God gives light (lamp gives light); David had the favour in the form of the strategic ability to war inspired by God.
Queen Esther was favoured for the purpose of preserving the Israelites. Everything that you receive by favour carries a purpose. King Ahasuerus did not recognise the purpose of his favour and so he paid attention to pride, affluence, self-promotion and glorification.
The third day stands for productivity (see 3rd day of creation in Gen 1), likewise, on the 3rd day, Jesus rose from the dead. On the 3rd day at the wedding of Canaan Jesus performed the miracle of turning water to wine. On the 3rd day, productivity should be the focus; however, for King Ahasuerus he was partying and self-glorification.
You should rejoice in your works. If you are paying attention to self-glorification, it means you are not focused on your work. If you don’t work, there is nothing for God to bless. You feel a sense of fulfilment, peace and esteem when God has accepted your works.
Although Vashti was known that she did not respond favourably to her husband, however when a man lacks purpose and vision, a woman cannot be a helpmate. Vashti was seen as a divisive person. The rejection she displayed was not discreet, it was an open display which created a wrong impression (even though she might have had the right motive). Also, Vashti did not have favour with the Princes. No matter how favour you are, don’t walk around in arrogance.
Vashti was removed because she was not liked by the Princes around her husband. Vashti had favour with the King because of her beauty but not with the Princes because of her attitude. Watch your attitude. Esther had favour on 2-levels; beauty and attitude (King and the Princes). You must use your platform correctly, you are given the position in order to connect with favour in the lives of others.
Rebecca found favour and eventually met her husband, Isaac, because she showed kindness to an old man and his 10 camels. You don’t occupy a position because you are appointed, your attitude will sustain favour.
Haman had favour before the King and was promoted. Haman’s favour was for a purpose to protect the Jews. When you don’t use your platform in the way God requires of you, He will replace you. Every favour that comes into your life is for the purpose of God’s people and agenda. God does not mind blessing ALL for the sake of one.
When Haman saw that Mordecai was not showing him respect, his right response should have been to seek to earn his respect. True respect comes because you have served. Haman in seeking to force the respect decided to attack rather than work to earn the respect.
When God promotes / blesses you, what is the purpose? You are not favoured because you are better but rather for service.
Haman plots to attack the Jews. Esther also had a need as her husband was already forgetting her, she had a need for the favour of her husband. When you respond to a need it will respond to you.
Unused favour will lead to irrelevance. Esther was on the verge of losing relevance because her beauty was no longer that important. Her beauty got her into the palace but that was not enough to sustain her there. Purpose restores and sustains relevance. For every stage in life, favour has a purpose and if you respond correctly, value will be gained.
Esther called for a fast; meaning she was never defined by her beauty but by her spiritual strength. Her strength was that she was not ruled by her desires, she had the ability to fast (deny self). Esther was temperate in all things. As a believer, you must learn to be detached in what you desire. Esther went into a 3-days fast; at the end, when the King saw her, he stretched forth his sceptre towards her and she received favour. This is the right use of the 3rd day.
The favour of Christ’s life has a purpose, therefore your life also has a purpose. Your time for favour has come and it will express itself through purpose.
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