Stop Playing Favourites

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James 2:1-7 The Voice

My brothers and sisters, I know you’ve heard this before, but stop playing favourites! Do not try to blend the genuine faith of our glorious Lord Jesus, the Anointed One, with your silly pretentiousness. If an affluent gentleman enters your gathering wearing the finest clothes and priceless jewelry, don’t trip over each other trying to welcome him. And if a penniless bum crawls in with his shabby clothes and a stench fills the room, don’t look away or pretend you didn’t notice—offer him a seat up front, next to you. If you tell the wealthy man, “Come sit by me; there’s plenty of room,” but tell the vagrant, “Oh, these seats are saved. Go over there,” then you’ll be judging God’s children out of evil motives.

My dear brothers and sisters, listen: God has picked the poor of this world to become unfathomably rich in faith and ultimately to inherit the Kingdom, which He has pledged to those who love Him. By favoring the rich, you have mocked the poor. And, correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t it the rich who step on you while climbing the ladder of success? And isn’t it the rich who take advantage of you and drag you into court? Aren’t they the ones mocking the noble name of our God, the One calling us?

We are often mesmerized by the rich, powerful, and beautiful people of the world. We dream of associating with them; but when we focus our attention on the fashionable people of this world, it is often at the expense of those who need it the most.

Ignoring the needy and favouring the wealthy is completely contrary to the example Jesus modeled for us while walking on earth. God often chooses those who are the poorest materially to be the richest spiritually. We should welcome everyone equally into God’s kingdom, even if it means upsetting boundaries like class and race. The rule is simple: we should treat others in the same way we want to be treated. God does not play favorites, and neither should we.

About Steve Rebus

✞Follower of Christ, Husband, Guitarist, Drummer, Photographer....Oh and i'm also Blind too! 😀

9 Responses to “Stop Playing Favourites”

  1. An important lesson– thank you for the reminder!

  2. Amen Steve, could not agree more!

  3. I’ve really enjoyed the readings I’ve seen from The Voice Version. I think this post has convinced me it’s time to buy my own copy of it. Thank you.

    • Hi Julie. I really like this translation and its commentary’s, I’ love an audio version but not sure if it’s been done.
      So pleased it’s inspired you too!
      So blessed to connect with you on here, hope you have a blessed weekend?! Your loving brother, Steve 🙂

  4. I’m blessed to hear this word. Thank you for sharing from your heart. The Lord keep you and bless you. Amen

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