“Then Peter replied, “I see very clearly that God shows no favoritism.”Acts 10:34
What’s your favorite thing to do on a day off?
What’s your favorite color?
We all have favorites, our go-tos in life. Favorite song. Favorite meal. Favorite book to read. Favorites bring us comfort. We love them for a reason whether it invokes a beloved memory or helps us feel connected to a loved. We keep our favorites close to us.
This week we spend time with Peter as he prays and receives a vision from God. He is led by the Holy Spirit to meet with three men who are not Jewish to share with them the Gospel story. Peter learns to not judge others because God loves them as much as God loves Peter. God does not show favoritism to any of His people.
Peter believed that since the Jewish nation was God’s Chosen people than those who were Gentiles (non-Jewish) needed to become Jewish to be saved. Rather God teaches Peter that all people are loved unconditionally by God, regardless of nation, class or gender.
We can become exclusive by spending our time with those things/people that are familiar to us. We feel comfortable around them so we spend more time with them. But by doing so we can lose out on new experiences or new relationships.
God teaches us through Peter the importance of accepting others. As we journey along with Jesus we learn from God’s perspective. We begin to see anew other people and other experiences. God works in our hearts to not be judging but rather accepting. We will not always argue with one another but we can learn from one another.
As God does not show favoritism we do not show favoritism. God welcomes all to a walk with Jesus Christ so shall we welcome all people. We may be tempted to shape someone to be the “right type” Christian first. But we must remember that God accepts us just as we are, right we are. God does not show favoritism meaning some can come as they are while others have to change first. All are welcomed at the feet of Jesus as s/he is that day.
So as we live the The 168 Life, we love others as God loves. We get to know people for who they are as God created them. We pray for God to open our hearts to love openly, to open our eyes to see one as God sees them. We share our story with Jesus with all so all may have their story with Jesus for themselves.
Let us show God’s love for everyone by loving all. Pray in your daily walk to see as God sees, to open up to new experiences with new people. Pray that you do not show favorites because God surely does not show favoritism.
This Week’s Challenge
Meet with someone who is different from you. Learn from one another. Each share who you are, what makes you unique. See what God loves about this individual and how you can come to love them.