If you happen to attend our church services, you will notice there is a truth we teach over and over again: God loves you! It is true, and it’s something we desire for every person to know. Yet there’s another truth I’ve been pondering lately. Many religious people get uncomfortable with this other truth, but I think it’s pretty clear in the scriptures. The truth is this: God has favorites.
Does that truth make you uncomfortable? I understand. However, when you look into God’s favorites, you can actually draw comfort!! The good news is the fact that each and every one of us has the ability and opportunity to be a favorite of God’s.
You don’t have to be royalty, or a celebrity, or go to church every Sunday, or have memorized the most scripture to be a favorite of God. In fact, scripture tells us over and over again that God favors the humble and He opposes the proud (Prov. 3:34).
God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are. (1 Cor. 1:28)
Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom He promised those who love him? (James 2:5)
I have found that God’s preference for the humble makes many people uncomfortable, especially those people who aren’t humble. Yet there are many stories in the scriptures that support the truth that God’s favorites are the humble, lowly, cracked pot misfits in the eyes of the world.
- God chose to share the good news of Jesus’ birth first with the shepherds, not because they were key influencers, but because they were the “every man.”
- Jesus recruited some fishermen to be His disciples despite there being no shortage of religious experts and well-known communicators nearby.
- The first Christian missionary in history was a woman with a terrible sexual reputation. She didn’t have the gift of organizing big outreach events, but instead seemed to avoid crowds out of shame. She had no credentials and believed many of the wrong things, yet Jesus made her the first missionary (check out John Ch. 4).
Surely a legitimate God would opt for more qualified people then the lowly, dirty shepherds, stinky fishermen, and a woman of ill repute. Yet God didn’t favor these people because they were impressive. He chose them, in part, because they weren’t. And that means each and every one of us has a chance to be one of God’s favorites! To me, this is some good news!
If you are wanting to hear more good news, then I hope you make plans to join us for one of our Easter services this Sunday. We are offering a 9am outdoor service (please bring your own chair) and a 10:45am indoor and online service. We are also offering a special outdoor kids program during both services for all kids 2 years old – 5th grade.
Please know we would love to see you this Easter!