No Favouritism

There will be trouble and calamity for everyone who keeps on doing what is evil—for the Jew first and also for the Gentile. But there will be glory and honour and peace from God for all who do good—for the Jew first and also for the Gentile. For God does not show favouritism.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭2‬:‭9‬-‭11‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Are there any Christians out there with feelings of insignificancy? Who feel inferior to the other people populating the pews in their church? Who sit in the prayer meeting thinking that they could never pray wonderful prayers like the man over there or the woman sitting next to them? Who look at the great men and women of the church on YouTube, or a televised Sunday service and see ministers who appear to be so much better than them? Well, I have good news for you this morning. “God does not show favouritism“. We must shout this from the rooftops. Write it on Post-It notes and stick them on the bathroom mirror and anywhere else we look at regularly. God doesn’t look at the outward fluff and bubble. He doesn’t care about how many “thee’s” or “thou’s” we include with our prayers. There is a Scripture worth considering in 1 Samuel 16:7, “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart“”. Jesus once said to a group of Pharisees, “… You like to appear righteous in public, but God knows your hearts. What this world honours is detestable in the sight of God“. (Luke 16:15).

In our societies today there is a grading of people, according to attributes such as their financial worth, their skin colour, their education. Where they live. Where they were born. Where they work and what sort of employment they have. Who their ancestors were. Even our religious and spiritual persuasions. A complex mix of parameters that define us in the eyes of our fellow men. But none of these matter at all to God. At a stroke, God demolishes all the characteristics considered important by mankind, and instead looks at our hearts. That inner part of us that constitutes our souls or spirits. Our thoughts and intentions. Because of our position in the societies in which we live, we may or may not have feelings of inferiority or superiority. Misplaced feelings of pride and righteousness are perhaps in there as well. But all these things matter not at all to God. In looking at our hearts, what is He looking for? 

Perhaps a good place to start is with Romans 12:2, “Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect”. By steeping ourselves in God’s Word we will find out what He finds “good and pleasing and perfect”. We will find out what His will is for us. And we will develop a relationship, strong and enduring, with our loving Heavenly Parent. 

God doesn’t favour any one of His children more than another. We all have access to His Heavenly home. He listens to all our prayers, regardless of how simple or complex they are. In fact, He knows what we are about to pray before we even utter a word. He nurtures us. He leads and guides us. He has an individual plan worked out for each one of us. And each plan is different, tailor made just for us. We mustn’t forget as well, that He lives within us by His Spirit. When all these factors are added together we find that it doesn’t really matter what those worldly people around us think of us. What matters is what God thinks. And He is with us every day, every hour, every minute, cheering us on. Helping us on our journey through life’s minefields. And one day we will find ourselves in a new home. There’s no favouritism there either.

Father God. As we stand before You, feeling Your penetrating gaze pass over our hearts, we pray for forgiveness for all the wrongs and other sins You find there. And we thank You for Your grace and mercy. Amen.


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