Does God play favorites?
From Galatians: An 11-Day Devotional
Everyone knows “that” crowd in high school, the one we let intimidate us by their status or influence. They were cooler, more popular, had the best of everything, and always had a date to prom.
But no matter how far removed the in crowd seemed, they are people just like the rest of us. They face the same struggles, hopes and fears. And while we might be intimidated, God sees us all the same. He does not show favoritism. We are all sinners in need of a Savior.
God sees us all the same. He does not show favoritism.
In Galatians 2:6, Paul writes, “As for those who were held in high esteem—whatever they were makes no difference to me; God does not show favoritism—they added nothing to my message.” The Gospel is the same no matter whom it is presented to. It takes the same amount of grace and mercy to be forgiven by Jesus no matter how much we make, what car we drive or where our kids go to school. Just because we are given status by the world’s standards does not mean we have special status in God’s eyes.
Maybe middle and high school are decades behind you. Maybe you're scared to talk to your neighbor about Jesus because you're not a pastor. Maybe you're afraid to speak up about changes at work because you're "just a shift worker."
In God’s economy, there is no such thing as “just a …” God doesn't rate us according to our status; He looks at the attitude of our hearts. If God is prompting you to have a tough conversation, do it and remember that the person sitting across from you is also just a sinner in need of a Savior.
- Who is God calling you to talk to? Are you avoiding that person? And if so, why?
- What’s one way you can take action based off what you read today?