I’ve found myself on airplanes a lot over the past ten years and have developed a pattern of using the same airline. Therefore, I have a high status in their frequent flyer program, and I love it. I get upgrades to first class. I get priority boarding. I get to call and talk to a human being and not pay for it. And I get waived baggage and change fees.
I love the frequent flyer program. It makes me want to fly that airline all the time. But the other day I got in a situation where I had to fly a different airline and I ended up in the middle seat at the back of the plane. I haven’t been there in years. It was miserable. I hated it. It was crowded, there was no service, and no place for your bag. It was near the restroom and didn’t smell very good. It just was not a good experience. I wanted and longed for the privilege of the frequent flyer program on my choice airline.
It made me think about how there are two places that you can live: in a place of privilege, or of lack. You can live in the knowledge that you have God’s favor and blessing (a bit like how I have favor with my airline of choice). Or you can live in a place where you’re constantly looking for something that’s not there and looking only at what you don’t have.
In Isaiah 40:28 it says, “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is an everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow weary and His understanding no one can fathom.” When we are in Christ, we are privileged and favored. It doesn’t mean we’re always going to get the best seats and life’s going to be just great, but it does means that we live in a favored position. In fact, we have a place in God’s family that is privileged and shows His love and care and affection for us. When we live in the understanding that we have favor and privilege, we don’t live in poverty. Think again about the fact that the Lord says, “I will give you my riches. I will bestow on you favor.” So, we need to walk in that light. We need to walk as people who are privileged.