No Favorites with God

My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. James 2:1

God does not show favoritism (Romans 2:11) Doesn’t matter what nationality or race you are, doesn’t matter if your rich or poor, tall or short, God reads the heart and mind. One thing the world does is make the mistake of favoring people because of money, including the Church.

Think about society , we listen to celebrities and athletes because they have lots of money and influence, but most of them have zero credentials on the issues they are discussing. Now think about the average person on the street, do you give them the same time and attention you would a celebrity? No, why? Because we automatically show favoritism to people who are wealthy and popular

For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts? James 2:2-4

The Apostle James gives an example here, a rich man and a poor man both come to a Church service. The Pastor greets the rich man and gives him a special seat, while the poor man he tells him to sit in the back because hes probably embarrassed by his appearances. We instinctively by human nature judge people based on appearances and money status.

Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats? James 2:5-6

But Gods Kingdom is not like this world, the first will be last and the last will be first (Matthew 20:16) That poor man that you sent to the back of the building, might have been the greatest servant of your Church. Point is, we are not to judge people as the world judges people.

Another point James makes is, these same rich people that you so desperately want in your Church are the same people who are oppressing the poor. Again God judges the heart and has no regard for your wallet

While this is just one example, the lesson God is showing us is to not show favoritism to anyone. We are all one through Jesus Christ! Amen!

 

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