My brothers and sisters, when you show favoritism you deny the faithfulness of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has been resurrected in glory. Imagine two people coming into your meeting. One has a gold ring and fine clothes, while the other is poor, dressed in filthy rags. Then suppose that you were to take special notice of the one wearing fine clothes, saying, “Here’s an excellent place. Sit here.” But to the poor person you say, “Stand over there”; or, “Here, sit at my feet.” Wouldn’t you have shown favoritism among yourselves and become evil-minded judges? My dear brothers and sisters, listen! Hasn’t God chosen those who are poor by worldly standards to be rich in terms of faith? Hasn’t God chosen the poor as heirs of the kingdom he has promised to those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor. Don’t the wealthy make life difficult for you? Aren’t they the ones who drag you into court? Aren’t they the ones who insult the good name spoken over you at your baptism? (James 2:1-7, CEB)
Can you tell who is more loved by how they look?
Like the story says, one wearing a gold ring and one in filthy rags, which is more loved? By their appearance, you can not tell who is more loved by the world. But who is more loved by God? Neither, they are both loved the same. Both are sinners and need to be redeemed and are loved by God equally.
We can not see what God sees when we look with our own eyes or the eyes of the world. We must look through the eyes of God and treat everyone as God treats them.
Love Out Loud.
Loving People. Loving God.