Bible Reading: James 2:1-17
Key Verse: Verse 3 - “And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:"
Key Words: Sit thou here in a good place
In the church there is no place for big “I’s” and little “U’s” for there is no respect of persons with God. Note James 2:9, “But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin.”
Oftentimes we excuse our actions and the actions of others because of the “standing” of some people. There is no excuse for favoritism. We all have our gifts and talents, both the rich and the poor, and God uses both in His work.
There’s a wonderful story about a Chicago bank that once asked for a letter of recommendation on a young Bostonian being considered for employment. The Boston investment house could not say enough about the young man. His father, they wrote, was a Cabot; his mother was a Lowell. Further back was a happy blend of Saltonstalls, Peabodys, and other of Boston’s first families. His recommendation was given without hesitation.
Several days later, the Chicago bank sent a note saying the information supplied was altogether inadequate. It read: “We are not contemplating using the young man for breeding purposes. Just for work.”
Neither is God a respecter of persons but accepts those from every family, nation, and race who fear Him and work for His kingdom (Acts 10:34-35). Now, that’s righteousness!
What to do:
✞ We often miss out on the blessings some can be to the church because of our partiality and favoritism. Don’t play favorites.
P. S. This portion of Scripture and this devotional is in reference to the church and partiality, not the nation and immigration.
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