Tuesday August 28, 2018
2 For example, suppose someone comes into your meeting dressed in fancy clothes and expensive jewelry, and another comes in who is poor and dressed in dirty clothes. 3 If you give special attention and a good seat to the rich person, but you say to the poor one, “You can stand over there, or else sit on the floor”—well, 4 doesn’t this discrimination show that your judgments are guided by evil motives?
Described here is a scenario that more than likely happened at gatherings of Christians. People from all different backgrounds and status attending a meeting. Rich people had a place of honor and special attention, while poor people were put in the corner or on the floor. Don’t we still see this today?
People are inherently attracted to people of high social status or wealth. They can do things for us, whether it’s give us money, power, popularity, etc. While poor people don’t seemingly have much to offer as far monetary wealth is concerned.
Realize this doesn’t just apply to people with money. It could be anything such as race, sex, and the like. James is telling us this kind of special attention or favoritism is sinful. God has equal love for all of His children. I am guilty of this time to time, but I try and remind myself of a heavenly mindset. Everyone on this earth is truly equal in God’s eyes.
The homeless man at the light. The cashier at the grocery store. The boss at work. The co-worker with a Porsche. In Gods eyes, He sees them all equal and worthy of His love. No one is held higher on his scoreboard. Once we begin to align our sight with Gods is when we will stop judging others for what they have or who they know. Live in his Heavenly mindset, not your earthly one.
Am I showing favoritism to people in my life?
Who do I need to start showing they matter?
Dear Lord, forgive us for the times we have showed special attention to those in our lives. Help us to love everyone equally and consistently. Thank you. Amen.
Have a great day!