by Verena Johnson
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For God does not show favouritism (Romans 2:11).
As much as we try to avoid it with our children, family, friends, workmates and church family, it’s hard not to show favouritism at times. There are simply people we prefer to spend time with, people we relate to more than others and people that we just seem to click with. We all have our favourites, whether we admit it or not. However, the interesting thing is that even though they are our favourites, it doesn’t mean we still don’t find ourselves judging them.
Then there are the people in our lives who are definitely not our favourites. People we struggle to spend time with, people we don’t relate to very well and people who seem to rub us the wrong way. These are the people that we often judge so easily.
The other side of the coin is that when it comes to us, we would love for people to show favouritism towards us and refrain from judging us. We all grapple with feeling unfavoured and judged by other people at times.
What amazing comfort it is that God does not show any favouritism. Although to be strictly honest, there are times when I struggle with that. Why don’t bad people always get what they deserve? Why do good people suffer? Why does life often seem so unfair?
So there I am, making judgements again and showing favouritism – precisely what this passage warns us about.
God loves us all. He died for us all so we would not be judged as we deserve when we come to him.
The truth is that we are all God’s favourites!
This includes you. You are God’s favourite – that’s right, you.
Think about that for a minute. Don’t think about all those other people. Think about what it means that you are especially favoured by the God of the universe.
Loving God, thank you that you show such incredible favour towards me. That I am your favourite. Help me to see other people around me as your favourites also. Forgive me when I have been quick to judge. Help me to look at others through your eyes of favour. Amen.
Verena is a Church Worker Support Officer for the LCA Church Worker Support Department, where it is her privilege to support congregations, pastors, lay workers, employees and volunteers of LCA. In her spare time, she is involved in drama ministry, women’s ministry and prayer ministry. She has three children and eight grandchildren in three different states.