Welcome back to Life of LAB, our 7day quick LAB series. It’s day 4 in our theme of compare and contrast. Today’s blog is titled, Favored vs. Favorable and it's truly a quick LAB.
The original title was, “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for life.” This work by Charles Darwin is now known simply as “The Origin of Species”.
Long lost in translation, we are now left mostly with the religious sentiment, “I’m blessed and highly favored.” Still "favored" by biblical standards has hardly been captured. As Christians use their worldly favor and influence to separate themselves from those, be it Christian or otherwise, who don’t appear to be on God’s list of well-known and well-loved individuals; I am taken moreso by the context of the original idea, which is to be favorable. Also, I’m struck by the life of Jesus, and taken by the great contrast in the life of what we know was the greatly beloved and well-known son of God by the Father.
Another distinction I can see right away between the terms favored and favorable, is that one points inward, and the other extends outward. Now, Jesus who spent a lot of time drawing metaphors for who he was; sometimes calling himself the gate, other times the true vine, and even the Life; clearly is not offended by identity or truth, and yet every time he drew one of those metaphors it was for the purpose of helping people to understand the moment that they were caught present in. It was for the building of the Kingdom and directly served the purpose for which He was sent.
In a modern world and in the context which most Christians mainly consider “favored”, it is not Jesus that they appear to resonate with, but with the very people that crucified Jesus, and who have and will always exist. Part of the reason Jesus did not appear on earth in a Kingly manner, is because God needed Him to show himself separate from what was already established. Therefore Jesus did not come as favored, but rather as favorable. He came to bring an ideal, an understanding, a level of communication that would prove more favorable.
In Luke 10:38, we hear of a story of two sisters Mary and Martha. Martha who was distracted by all the household type things that needed to be done was disturbed by her sister who sat around listening to Jesus as He spoke. Martha eventually says to Jesus, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me.”
In verse 41, Jesus replies, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken from her.”
Here we see that Mary is seeking the biology that will make her a favorable specie. She recognized, as Jesus declared many times during his ministry; that the Kingdom of God had come near. And for the one who sees God’s favor (known as Grace), and accepts the Son, they trade up for a biology that says; in the end they will ascend.
Thus, let us not stop at the Lord’s favor, but let us take what He has given, and become a favorable species that struggles not to survive but to be fruitful and multiply.
Thank you for stopping by, and for joining Life of LAB. Remember to go within that you may never go without. The God within you awaits you. Until our path collide again, I wish you... Peace, Love, Life, and Complete Wholeness in Christ.
NaTisha Renee Williams