God Has No Favourites
Mark 12:14 – “Teacher,” they said, “we know how honest you are. You are impartial and don’t play favorites. You teach the way of God truthfully. Now tell us—is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?
Galatians 2:6 – And the leaders of the church had nothing to add to what I was preaching. (By the way, their reputation as great leaders made no difference to me, for God has no favorites.)
This has been a point of argument among most Christian believers, and it’s regarding the “favourites” of God. Most people believe that God has favourites, and treats them differently from others. Well let’s take a look at this and see if God truly has favourites.
Remember in a previous digest, we spoke about how to see God, it’s best to use Christ as your lens, if you haven’t read it, simply tap here. Our key scripture taken from the book of Mark, shows how Jesus was classified, He was seen as a man who had no favourites, and was not partial. This is a characteristic of God’s love, in that it is fair and does not esteem one above another. In fact, if Jesus would have had to play favorites He would have spent the bulk of His time on earth with those who were supposedly pure and righteous, but when we see Him in scriptures He spent the bulk of His time with notorious sinners and tax collectors (look-up Luke 15:1).
In our second key scripture, we see Paul citing something very interesting, he spoke about how even the leaders were not Gods favourites, this makes so many things clearer. Most times we believe people are Gods favourites because they are leaders or have responsibility in the church. Those who have responsibility would always be placed in positions were they can influence decisions, but they are in no wise God’s favourites, if anything, they are called to serve, and we should honor them for being our leaders. God honors then as well and gives them all they need to function as leaders, but in all, they are not seen as favourites of God.
1 Peter 1:17 – And remember that the heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites. He will judge or reward you according to what you do. So you must live in reverent fear of him during your time here as “temporary residents.”
This also explains one of the interesting concepts regarding Gods favourites. Understand that when it comes to our relationship with God it depends heavily on us and not on God. God has already done His part and has reconciled us. What’s left is for us to learn more about what God had done…some people would spend more time discovering this than others, and may then appear to be God’s favourites, however they aren’t, but have simply spent more time discovering God than you have.
Titus 2:11 – For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people.
In the end we see that Gods grace has been made available to everybody. He has no favourites, but He loves us all perfectly with the same love. Spend time discovering who He is, spend time in spiritual growth, and you’ll be doing yourself great good, God bless you.
Lord, help me to keep growing in you and growing in your word, teach me to see myself as you see me, amen.
Author – Gem