No prejudice here… NONE!
God shows no favoritism… In every nation, He accepts those who fear Him and do what is right. Acts 10:34-35.
We’ve all either asked the question or have been asked… “What’s your favorite…?” Whether a book, song, movie, color, food, etc. When you think about it, the question is rather draining when it puts either the receiver on the spot or when we really can’t pick one thing over another.
The question related to favoritism can be convicting when it reveals an unfair or hurting preference. Imagine the pain a child feels from a parent who favors a sibling over themselves. Or consider the atrocities many of God’s people have suffered worldwide all in the name of favoritism, otherwise known as prejudice. Playing favorites can be innocent enough when it comes to the mundane things like one ice cream flavor over another, however there is no way to undo the damage done to someone’s heart because of prejudice.
Thankfully for all of us, the only favoritism in God’s heart is the kind that speaks that we’re all His favorite. Biblically, we find that He picked the Israelites as His chosen people, but when Jesus came and died, He did for all of us, regardless of race, gender, age, sin history, education level, or any other reason, for that matter. No favoritism means just that… no favoritism! God loves equally each person who has ever lived, and His love will continue to be available in measures just as great to everyone yet to be born!
The most amazing news is that we cannot do anything to lose His love, but we also can’t do anything to earn more of it. Consider the refreshment of that truth. God’s unprejudiced love not only frees us from eternal death, but it also frees us from striving to earn His acceptance in this life and for the one to come.
We have God’s heart! WHAT an amazing feeling!!
Now… one question remains… Does God have ours?
Dear gracious and most amazing Father… thank you for making me Your favorite and for all You have sacrificed for me! Father, please help me to be grateful for that status with You, to never forget the ultimate sacrifice Your son made for me, and to treat others as Your favorite, as well. Amen…
gstefanelli (Greg Stefanelli)