MONDAY January 25, 2021
God Shows No Favoritism
But from those [Peter, James and John] who seemed to be something—whatever they were, it makes no difference to me; God shows personal favoritism to no man—for those who seemed to be something added nothing to me.
The Apostle Paul referred to Peter, James and John as those who thought themselves to be something, when indeed, they were not. Paul taught them a lesson in humility. God does not show favoritism to any man. I like Paul. His exhortation deflated their thinking. Paul wanted these leaders to know, “I am unmoved and not intimidated or nervous to approach you.” They were just like Paul, human!”
Notice how quickly Peter, James and John had forgotten how to be servants. That is why Paul came to speak with the Apostles as they had come to a place of being a respecter of persons––to the Jews. Jesus did not act this way; He gave us an example of servanthood to follow (Philippians 2:1-8). These men had compromised their position concerning their faith in Jesus Christ.
Honestly, I have often seen this problem of favoritism with pastors who are on the radio, television or featured in magazines. People in the church have lifted them up like celebrities. Pastors are not movie stars. They are just common people like anybody else. As Christians, we are on the same level. We are all the same––human.
At times, people you have known, who have grown up with you, and have made something of their lives can look down at you. If you ask to speak with them, they may reply, “Make an appointment.” This happens to people, they forget where they came from––sad.
Christians cannot be respecters of persons and treat those who are richer with favoritism over those who are poor. In Christ we are all the same. Understand, none of us would be here if it were not for God’s grace.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
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