Part III of a Four Part Series:
A friend of mine was telling me a story about the “favor” he had received from corporate executives of a large grocery store chain on the west coast. Previously he was unemployed looking for any type of work so he took a part time job at a grocery store selling brand food portions to customers from a food cart. Within a few weeks the store manager noticed his product sales go through the roof. This also caught the attention of top brass in the company who eventually offered him a fulltime job with a good salary and bonuses. In addition, he was asked to train local sales managers. He was so good at the initial training sessions that regional and corporate leaders came to his sessions. During one of these meetings my friend was asked about his secret sales magic. He simply responded, “It’s a gift from God.” A quick reply came from one of the executives, “Our company policy dictates you can’t bring up your religious beliefs in these sessions.” However, since he had so much favor from top brass and the store manager they simply allowed him to get by with his antics about God and religion. It seemed they didn’t want to disrupt the “sales magic” he possessed. When you have favor people will relax their policy guidelines and protocol to accommodate you. My friend finished his conversation with me with a grin on his face stating, “Next week they are flying me to California to train more corporate leaders. The favor is simply amazing.” As he talked I couldn’t help but feel favor oozing out of him. It was simply contagious! My friend acquired an irresistible likeability; gained access to people and places he did not have before, and was given unlimited boundaries to speak and to act. How does one acquire such favor?
Spiritual Intelligence is the ability to build and sustain a relationship with God where you build an awareness of His presence and voice, which draws Him closer to you. In time He then releases His unrelenting favor into your life. Favor can be defined in many ways. Cicero coined its original meaning; “to show kindness to someone” or a “gift given as a mark of favor.” Dr. Lance Wallnau defines favor as “the affection of God towards you that releases an influence through you so that other people are inclined to like, trust and cooperate with you.” For me favor is a measure of grace (God’s nature) bestowed on someone, imparting genuine and endearing qualities, which enable you to attract and influence others. As a leader you need the edge that God’s favor can produce for you. If God is for you who can be against you, right?
If God is for you who can be against you, right? How do you cultivate your relationship with God? Do you attract His presence? Do you feel God is working on your behalf, if so, how do you know that He is?