God Does Not Show Favoritism—Romans 2:11
"For God does not show favoritism"(Romans 2:11)
Have you ever been in the shadow of someone great? Have you ever struggled to be noticed or valued for your abilities and strengths. Growing up in a large family, being the youngest of four, sometimes it was hard to be noticed. All great accomplishments and milestones in life had already been achieved by those who came before me.
I am so thankful that God does not show favoritism. The Amplified Bible puts it this way, "For God shows no partiality [undue favor or unfairness; with Him one man is not different from another]. ( Romans 2:11 ) Recognizing this will release you in life to go after God's best for your life.
It is easy to look around at others and identify talent and appreciate the mighty ways that God can use that person. In the same way, it is easy to look at another and determine that they are hopeless to be used by God or to make a difference in the kingdom. We as human begins assign value to ability.
However, the truth is, God does not show favoritism, God is no respecter of persons. He has offered his Son and the free gift of salvation to every human being on this planet. Regardless of who they are, what they've done or what talent or ability they possess. That association is the benchmark of what makes one great, not natural aptitude.
Looking at the book of ACTS, you will see an example of this. God mightily used the men who had been chosen to serve and wait upon the New Testament church. It doesn't take a lot of skill to distribute food, but ACTS records that they were great men of Faith and tremendously used by God. Recognizing that he has called and invited everyone into fellowship with himself is key. It is God who calls and qualifies, all those who come to him. Nothing is of ourselves.
So today, be encouraged that you are blessed, loved and highly favored by God. He has chosen you, not for the value that the world assigns to you, but because He loves you and wants to have relationship with you. Your value has been assigned by God and by His Son and that far outweighs anything the world has to offer you!
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