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Extended Favor

Beth Jones

"So it was, when the king saw Queen Esther standing in the court, that she found favor in his sight, and the king held out to Esther the golden scepter that was in his hand. Then Esther went near and touched the top of the scepter. And the king said to her, 'What do you wish, Queen Esther? What is your request? It shall be given to you—up to half the kingdom!'" Esther 5:2-3, NKJV

Need favor with your boss? Supervisor? Those over you? What will cause your "king" to extend his or her scepter of favor towards you? There are a few things we can learn from the story of Esther.

First—be a person of prayer and humility. Esther sought the Lord on His strategy for gaining the king’s favor. She was humble, submitted to the Lord and "called to the kingdom for such a time as this." It's hard for any leader to resist a person with a humble, contrite disposition. Those in authority are not often impressed with—or responsive to—those who are cocky, over-confident, smart-mouthed or puffed up.

Second—find out what your leader likes. Esther did. She knew how to approach the king. She knew what approach, verbiage, attire and aromas he liked and she catered to his pleasure. What does your boss like? If they are motivated by accomplishment and tasks, they probably like it when you hit your deadlines. If so, do it. If your boss is a communicator or a words person, they probably like it when you respond to their emails and memos. They probably appreciate it when you show them respect with your words and when you are friendly saying things like, "Hello, how are you, today?" or "I am so thankful to work here..." and the like at the appropriate times. If so, do it.

Third—find out what bugs your leader. If they have some pet peeves, be mindful of those things. If they get aggravated with people who move at a slow pace, pick up the pace. If they don't like it when details are missed—don't miss the details. If they have to constantly check up to make sure you're doing your job, do a better job. 

Your boss wants to extend favor to you. There is no doubt about that. We can tell you from experience — most likely, your leader wants to extend favor to those they serve alongside! Over the years as pastors/employers, we've had it in our hearts to do some nice things for various staff members and/or people in the congregation like taking them on vacations, making a car payment or offering a promotion, and we've done it because those people, like Esther, found favor in our sight. At other times, the Lord put a desire in our hearts to bless someone but we've had to “rescind the scepter” because they made choices that caused them to fall out of favor. Most leaders are happy to extend the scepter of favor to those with a prayerful, humble heart; those who do things they appreciate and those who avoid doing things that aggravate them.

Interestingly, these same principles go a long way in our relationship with the King of kings, as well. God wants to surround us with favor! So, let's make sure we are people of humility and prayer. Let's make sure we are living lives that please the Lord and let's make sure we eliminate behavior that displeases our King!

Say It: "Father, I ask You to open my eyes in this area. I choose to humble myself under Your mighty Hand. I choose to be a person of prayer. I ask You for insight on what my boss, employer or supervisor likes and dislikes. Help me to change my attitudes and behavior to be pleasing to You and so that the scepter of favor is extended towards me! In Jesus' Name. Amen."