My younger brother, Prophet Warri, has been preaching a very interesting series titled “Favour is a man”. This teaching has been on my mind for a while now and I have pondered over the great revelation in his teachings. The theme around this series is to demonstrate that favour has to do with men/women around us. We sometimes allude favour to be this buzzword or special events in our lives that is connected to God alone and disconnected to everyone else. He made the case that although favour comes from God, however,
the spirit of favour has to do with us interacting with other human beings here on this earth; hence the title of the series “favour is a man”.
If you have ever been favoured or offered an opportunity that you did not deserve, then someone somewhere had something to do with it. If you received a promotion in your office that was unmerited, there is a high probability that God used someone (who was not you) to grant you that promotion.
A big part of my job has to do with providing advisory services to companies all around the world. In order for me to close a deal, there is always someone that was interested in what I had to offer and I got favoured by him. Although it was my initial effort that helped me to get the sale, however, the sale would not have happened if the general manager of that company did not sign the deal. This teaches us that relationships matter. The types of relationships that we build here on earth with our fellow human beings matter. No amount of speaking in tongues or fasting on the mountain would make a client to sign a contract with me if I never interacted with the client.
A few months ago, the company hired new staff members who were fresh from school. They came in with all the theory that they had learned from school. They sent numerous emails to our clients, but for some reason; they were frustrated because they never received responses to their emails. They wondered why the client would not speak to them when they called or acknowledged receipt of their emails. When they approached me, I told them something very simple. I told them that communication is not about emails.
An effective communicator looks beyond emails and listens to the other party.
I told them to give the client a courtesy call and just ask how their day was and when they felt was the best time to talk about the contents of their emails. To their amazement, the client informed these new colleagues that they were busy attending to customers’ orders and were at the warehouse. The clients stated that they did not have access to their computers and did not read the contents of the emails. An agreed upon date was set by the client and everyone went home happy. This wisdom came to me from the word of God. The Bible says God listens to us when we ask according to His will. The greatest communicator (Jehovah), is described as someone who listens and not someone who speaks without listening. This is why prayer is important; it is a moment that God has set aside to listen to us. Listening is, according to God, the best form of communication.
1 John 5:14 “And we have an assured confidence that whenever we ask anything in accordance with His will, He listens to us.”
It is time to look around you and start thanking those who have shown favour towards you. It is time that you acknowledge the men and women who have played a part in your success today. Just a little gracious act can have a lasting impact on someone else’s life. Do not feel that someone you appreciate will become boastful or try to lord over you because you appreciated them. When you show appreciation towards them, God is the one who gets the glory.
Father, I thank you for the people that you have placed in my life. I know that no encounter is by accident. Those that you have blessed me with are there because of your favour towards me. I will be forever grateful to those who have allowed themselves to be used by your spirit to put a smile on my face. It is my firm belief that all things (good and evil) are working together for my good this year in the mighty name of Jesus.
Reign in God’s wisdom today,