Friday Foresight – The Favor Factor
Check out the following Scripture from Proverbs 3:1-4 (NLT):
1 My child, never forget the things I have taught you.
Store my commands in your heart.
2 If you do this, you will live many years,
and your life will be satisfying.
3 Never let loyalty and kindness leave you!
Tie them around your neck as a reminder.
Write them deep within your heart.
4 Then you will find favor with both God and people,
and you will earn a good reputation.
According to the Scripture above the following is a recipe for having favor with God and man:
1. Remember the wisdom of the Word.
The Word is full of wisdom to help us live lives of character and integrity. It contains countless morsels to ensure long-term success. I suggest your read one Proverb each day. Eventually it will take root in your heart…which is step #2.
2. Keep the wisdom of the Word in your heart.
We already know whatever is inside our heart will eventually spill from our lips. The more we feed ourselves the Word the more likely it will come out of us.
3. Loyalty is a must.
When I was offered an associate position at a megachurch of 2,000+ it wasn’t because I was the most qualified for the job. It was because I had been loyal when I previously worked for the ministry.
As leaders of RockChurch loyalty doesn’t mean you must agree with every decision, but it means you stand by and support the vision regardless of your personal feelings.
To repeat pastor/author Larry Osbourne from Sticky Teams, “When the battle of competing ideas is over, they (leadership team) march out and present a united front, setting aside their personal preferences and agendas in light of the greater good and the bigger mission.”
A loyal leader refuses to talk behind the back’s of those he/she serves.
I want to be a loyal leader.
I want to be a loyal friend.
I love this tweet from Mark Driscoll:
“A friend is one who walks in when others walk out.” – Walter Winchell
Are you loyal?
4. Be kind.
Nobody likes a leader who’s a jerk…so don’t be a jerk.
It’s much easier to serve with and alongside leaders who lead with kindness and love.
If we are kind to those who serve us, they will be loyal. They will want to serve. They will enjoy serving.
This one is huge for us. We have created a culture of love and generosity that separates RC from other churches. This is a testimony of Team RC.
RC will continue to have favor with the media, community, and those who walk through our doors if we continue to abide by the above. Not only that, we will have favor with God. I sincerely believe God has blessed RC with an amazing building and growth because we have put this to practice. Let’s keep it rolling.
Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold. ~Proverbs 22:1 (NLT)
Thank your for your loyalty.
Thank you for your love.
Thank you for contributing to the vision.
Focused on Favor,