In the world but not of it

March 30, 2010

Equal opportunity…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

But if you favor some people over others, you are committing a sin. James 2:9

When we were kids and played games in the neighborhood that required selecting teams it was always a painful process for some of the kids who were either chosen last or not chosen at all.

These kids were usually put in the least effective position on the team or asked to sit out and wait if someone got hurt or needed a rest. Either way, if you were one of those kids, you know exactly what I am talking about and how it felt.

Everyone wants attention and to some extent needs to be acknowledged. People thrive on love and affection.

We desire relationships and good conversation. The reality is that we often show favoritism with whom we have the conversations.

But did you ever think of favoritism as a sin as it is explained here in James? I don’t believe I ever really considered that. But God takes this seriously, especially for us who call ourselves Christians, because He cares about every person. His Son died for “all” and not just the all-star team.

Just before verse nine, James reminds us in verse eight to “love your neighbor as yourself”…

What does it mean to love your neighbor as yourself?

It means to not show favoritism by treating different people as more important.

It means understanding that everyone has value and deserves respect.

It means responding in love to all, answering people’s calls and emails with equal importance if they are depending on us.

It means sharing our time, talents and treasure as God directs us.

It means helping others when we see a need and are able to help and not waiting to be asked.

Perhaps, most importantly, it is remembering that God wants to reach every soul and if we are in their path or they are in ours then it is a divine opportunity and appointment to take hold of.

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