Scripture, Thought and a Prayer on Favoritism

Scripture:Slaves, obey your human masters with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart as to Christ, 6 not like those who do their work only when someone is watching—as people-pleasers—but as slaves of Christ doing the will of God from the heart. 7 Obey with enthusiasm, as though serving the Lord and not people, 8 because you know that each person, whether slave or free, if he does something good, this will be rewarded by the Lord. 9 Masters, treat your slaves the same way, giving up the use of threats, because you know that both you and they have the same master in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him.” (Ephesians 6:5-9  – NET)

Thought: Over and over again the Bible reminds us that, unlike the vast majority of humanity, God is no respecter of persons. Our status in life, no matter how high or low in the eyes of others, bears no reflection on God’s standard of righteousness. The rich and the poor all come from God, and all will stand before the same God in judgment (Proverbs 22:2). Human favoritism may carry a person a long way in this world but such favoritism stops at Heaven’s door (Acts 10:34-35). May we have enough wisdom to apply this truth to our lives when we deal with our bosses, our employees, our family and the stranger.

Prayer: Lord forgive us when our favoritism ignores your grace, your standards and your guidance. Help us to do what we do to glorify you, and to remember you as our creator, as our sustainer and as our judge. May our expectations rest with you and may we remember your expectations of us.