Saturday, June 21st, 2014
Christian Pitfalls (Part 28)
Peter said: 'I most certainly understand now that God is not One to show partiality, but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right is welcome to Him.'
Acts 10:34-35 (NASB)
'My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in...' (James 2:1-2), what would you do? What would your church do? Think about...
1) How easily we judge others--by appearance, possessions and position; 2) How we prefer people who look like us--who walk our walk and talk our talk; 3) How we pay homage to people above us on social and professional ladders--even church ladders.
But what about Jacob's ladder? Isn't 'The Highway of Holiness' (Isaiah 35:8) the climb we should make?
Actors, models and talent for Christ: 'Clear the way for the people; Build up, build up the highway, remove the stones, lift up a standard over the peoples' (Isaiah 62:10). Because, 'When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him' (Isaiah 59:19). You are that standard.
You are God's flag of fairness. You are the colors of creation. You are the ensigns of entertainment with joyful tidings--especially for those whom others disdain. Because partiality is a pitfall.
'Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand' (Romans 14:4). Because from the least of men comes the best of men. If we disdain them, we disdain Him.*
Clearly, God loves diversity, 'For by Him all things were created' (Colossians 1:16). Just as clearly, He hates prejudice, 'For there is no partiality with God' (Romans 2:11). 'You are all one in Christ Jesus' (Galatians 3:28).
So, 'When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors... But when you give a reception, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed' (Luke 14:12-14).
To Be Continued...
* 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me' (Matthew 25:40).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Christian Pitfalls series.