After receiving a promotion did you notice your peers treating you differently? Internally, they speculated, “How did she get promoted”, “She has only been here for a year”, “She thinks she is better than us”, “She will not last”, “She can not handle that” “She does not even qualify”. Maybe you recently joined a club, a group, a church and immediately you found favor with others; but this favor has made others behave a certain way around you. Maybe your favor has caused others to be threatened by your presence. If any of this sounds familiar, do not apologize or shy away from the favor you have in your life.
You may not understand why you were selected or why you were promoted. You may even feel like you do not qualify. Just know that God chose you for a reason and it is God that has called and qualified you. It is God that is working in and through you.
“For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” Philippians 2:3
In the past, I found myself apologizing for who God has created me to be; not always vocally but definitely through my actions. I would purposely hide to avoid any attention. Truth be told, I enjoyed being in the background, unseen and untouched. No one will notice or have anything to say about me. I enjoyed hiding because I would not have to face others and their judgments.
I could only hide but so long. Even when I tried to hide, I was seen, I was noticed, I was chosen to take the lead, to speak, to sing. Honestly, people will always have an opinion. They will always think or say things like, “Why did they choose her?”, “Who does she think she is?”, “She is not all that”, “She thinks she is so pretty”.
There is no reason for us to hide who God has purposely designed us to be. There is no need for us to apologize for the favor God has given us. There is no need to hide our uniqueness, our gifts, our beauty.
God has chosen us for a reason; to do things beyond ourselves. Our gifts are to help and minister to OTHERS who are hurt, in need of love, and are desperate. Should any of us allow the meaningless, vain-less, purposeless, jealous, hateful, spiteful, doubtful opinions of others hold us back or cause us to hide? Absolutely NOT! This is pure selfishness on our part . For our gifts are not for us to hold onto but to share and to bless and minister to others with.
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10
There are many people in the Bible that had great favor with God. Many did not qualify for the job, but God prepped and equipped them to do amazing things. They unapologetically walked in God’s favor and fulfilled their purpose.
Make no mistake favor comes with a price. All of us will have a past, go through a process and then receive a promotion. I have provided several examples from scriptures of those who had great favor from God. Each person had a past, went through a process, and then received promotion. Below is a chart I created to demonstrate the past, process, and promotion of a few people in the Scriptures.
“Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” Matthew 23:12
“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you.” James 4:10
“Therefore it is says, ‘God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6
God knows each of our hearts and God uses those who are humble in heart. Those who do not exalt themselves. The Most High knows that those who are humble and pure in heart will always give and bring glory to Him.
“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may SEE your GOOD WORKS and GLORIFY your FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN.” Matthew 5:16
Joseph, David, Daniel, and Esther could not afford to hide; they had to accomplish something far greater than themselves. We can not afford to hide. Do not be afraid to let your light shine. Do not apologize for your favor, but do always remain humble.