God Doesn't Play Favorites
"Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons." (Acts 10:34b)
"Hey, let's play kickball!" someone yelled.
"Yeah!" shouted some of the other kids around the playground.
"Ok, we need to make teams then. Ben and Jamie, you can be the captains to choose the teams."
Group games can be a lot of fun, but the waiting-to-be-picked part can be torture sometimes, especially if you are never among the first to be chosen. As you stand there waiting for someone to say your name, it's easy to think, "Oh, why couldn't I be a fast runner like Jenny?" or "Why can't I throw far like Andrew? If I were better, then I know I'd get picked sooner!"
Or perhaps you are just "different" somehow. Maybe your skin color is different, or maybe you do not have the same kind of family background as the other kids in your neighborhood. Your wish might be, "Oh, if I only looked like the other kids!" or "If only my family were normal!"
But did you know that there is Someone who does not judge you by your abilities (or lack of them!) or by your appearance?
Acts 10:34b-35 says, "God is no respecter of persons: but in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him."
What a comfort! God does not love us less or more based on how talented or impressive we are. More than that, God does not judge us according to where we come from. In fact, it was the Apostle Peter who said these words to a group of people who were considered to be "different" from him. What is important to God is that we honor and obey Him!
The next time you find yourself in a situation where people are playing favorites, if you feel discouraged, remember that God never plays that game! If you have found grace in the eyes of God, be grateful for His mercy and lovingkindness, and honor Him with your life.
God does not show partiality or respect of persons based on their appearance or abilities. He accepts us in the Beloved (His Son Jesus Christ).
» Have I been comparing my abilities and appearance and family situation to others'?
» Can I rest in the truth that God will never love me for what I can be or do, but that He loves unconditionally?
» How can I be like God in not "playing favorites" with people?
Truth In Real Life
"We are immortal until our work on earth is done.”
George Whitefield has been called the greatest evangelist of all time. His dedication to soul-winning helped turn two nations back to God during the Great Awakening!
Born on December 16, 1714, George Whitefield was the youngest of seven children, and he was only 2 years old when his father died. His mother remarried when he was 10, but the marriage was not a happy one, and young George was soon sent away to school.
At school, he quickly earned the reputation of being a good speaker, but at age 15, he convinced his mother that school would do him no good. He returned home to work. It was during this time that God began to work in his life. Every evening he read the Bible until well past his bedtime, and he felt himself willing to become a minister. Realizing more and more how important an education would be for a preacher, he returned to school and eventually finished.
At age 17, Whitefield entered college and joined the “Holy Club,” where he met the Wesley brothers, John and Charles. These men became dear friends and eventually helped Whitefield understand the Gospel more fully and to see his own need for genuine salvation.
God continued to grow Whitefield’s understanding of His Word. During his lifetime, he would preach over 18,000 sermons and would lead countless souls to Christ. It has been said that his voice was so loud and clear that he could be heard one mile away when he preached outside. Benjamin Franklin said he had a “voice like an organ.” Crowds of up to 80,000 people gathered to hear him preach.
Whitefield also gave much of his life and resources to helping orphans. He believed strongly in loving the vulnerable and less fortunate, just like Jesus did when He was on Earth. Whitefield gave to those who needed.
You may not understand everything there is to know about God’s Word, but God can save you and help you share His Gospel with others! Are you devoting all you have to serve Him however He wants to use you? Is there someone to whom you could be a blessing today?
1 Corinthians 13:1 – Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.