God Does Not Show Favoritism—Romans 2:11
"For God does not show favoritism" (Romans 2:11)
Have you ever struggled to be noticed or valued for your strengths and abilities? Growing up being the youngest of four, sometimes I struggled to be noticed. All the great accomplishments and milestones had already been achieved by each sibling who came before me.
It’s easy to look around at another’s talents and abilities and assume that person is better or more loved by God because, as humans, we assign value to ability.
The same is true within the kingdom of God. It’s easy to look around at another’s talents and abilities and assume that person is better or more loved by God because, as humans, we assign value to ability. However, God does not show favoritism in this way. This verse stresses the fact that God does not consider one person better than another, regardless of who they are, what they’ve done, or what talents they possess. God shows no partiality between people. In fact, what He offers to one, He willingly offers to all.
The Book of Acts is a great example of this. God used people in miraculous ways who had been chosen to serve food and wait upon the New Testament church (Acts 6:2-5, 8). It doesn’t take a lot of skill to distribute food, but Acts records that they were great men of faith, full of the Spirit and wisdom (Acts 6:3). Stephen, one of the men, was known for doing great miracles and even became the first martyr. His accusers tried to argue with him but “could not stand against his wisdom or the Spirit by whom he spoke” (Acts 6:10). God didn’t reserve His wisdom and special powers for only the chosen apostles, He generously gave to all without showing favoritism.
The encouragement we can draw from this truth is that we, too, are chosen, invited, and loved by God. Regardless of who we are and what we have done, God does not show favoritism. Our value is assigned by God and by His Son, Jesus. Today, stop looking around and comparing yourself with others; instead look to God and thank Him for your value found in Him.
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Original article published June 6, 2009.