James 2:1-4, 12-13
My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don’t show favoritism. Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?… Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment!

God speaks very simply at times and today’s passage seems like one of those messages. How hard is it to understand favoritism? We’ve been there and done it and I hope you don’t disagree because we all have at some point and still do. It is evident in the places we live, at restaurants we dine at, in shopping malls, offices, schools, trains, planes, etc. People with more resources are always more privileged because they have more versus people with less. We have been victims or oppressors and so this is a reality we live with. Rather than causing a stir, wouldn’t it be more peaceable for us to gently ‘deal’ with this issue because the victims always understand their place as do the ‘wealthy’ in expectation. Would there not be more blessing and less friction to go this route?

The truth of the matter is that Jesus came to save the poor, not the rich, to heal the sick, not the healthy, to comfort the grieving, not the joyful. As a follower of Christ, we are admitting to having been poor in spirit, sick with sin and grieving without hope or purpose, else we are confused about the gospel. We cannot take away the fact that Jesus came to help those who needed help and His help was to anyone, whether rich or poor because our real needs are not dependent on our material resources. We need to stop looking at the world with the spectacles of prejudice as the world would have us see it but we should look at the world with the eyes of faith God has given us. Are you still confused or do you see the poverty of your soul and know where to find the riches of salvation that is freely available only in Jesus? Can we show favoritism when God did not show us any by calling us His precious children even though we are sinful beyond repair?

In His Loving Service,

John 7:24 (Jesus said) “Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment.”

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  1. Debbie says:

    Thank you so much, Vineet, for this, for helping us be honest and see ourselves like we really are . . .so, so poor and needy of Him. Thank you, Lord, for saving a sinner like me. Blessings and joy! deb

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