Skip to main content

No Favorites

We would like to think that we are impartial to the unlovely or to the poor. We may minister to them in some way. This is great but are we truly caring and having a pure motive?

In James chapter two verse one it states, "My brothers, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism." It then explains that we pay more attention to someone dressed nice. Then tells us in verse 5 that God chose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him. And in verse 13, "For who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgement."

I myself look the other way when I come to a corner of an intersection and there is a panhandler. I have questions, are they legit? 

But...they still need Jesus. They still need help. 

Verse 17-18 tells us, "Even so faith , if it has NO works, is dead, being by itself. But someone may say, 'you have faith, and I have works: show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works." and verses 19-20 "You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe , and shudder. But are you willing to recognize you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless?

I think this is a work in progress for all of us. I think there is also a correlation between faith and works. But faith comes first. We do not earn our faith but rather feel compassion out of our love for God and others.

There is a phrase in an old gospel song that says, "Faith without works is like a song you can't sing. It's just about as worthless as a screen door on a submarine." Let's reach out to those we know need our practical help this week. Pray for God to show you who needs your help. This doesn't mean you have to have be rich to help. Everyone can reach out to someone in need. A kind act, a small item. A ride somewhere. Lord, help us to be mindful. Help me to look at others, all others with no favoritism.  



Popular posts from this blog

No Moms Left

There are signs everywhere.

Signs of Mother's Day.

I glanced a side glance at the card section at a local store. They were there. An entire row. Brightly colored, flowery pictures, scripted writing. Hundreds. A literal wall of pink.

Signs outside every store for sales to honor one's mom. Hanging baskets grace the outside of the local grocery. Beautiful handbags in pale spring colors inside a discount store.

It's coming. Soon. Sunday.

It has been years since my husband's grandmas have passed. I used to send many cards out to those wonderful women. Then three years ago I lost my own dear Moma. There was an ache but I still had a mom to send a card to on the holiday.

Until now.

My husband's mom passed away a couple months ago. And I recently realized that I had no moms or grandmas to send to and it made me very sad. It's true I have "motherly figures" in my life that I hold very dear. But the sadness remains.

I sent cards to other loved ones. I am celebr…

He Has Your Back

I am sure you have heard the old question --when you see the word "therefore" you have to see what it's "there for". I think one that stands out the most is in Hebrews 12:1-3.

"Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you may not grow weary and lose heart."

I have read this passage dozens of times, I have it underlined in my Bible but as I was studying chapter 11 and kept reading into 12, a bell went off in my head. I am not quite sure why the chapter break is even there. I mean, it is a great passage by its…

What Goes Around, Comes Around

Yesterday was an interesting travel day. I am attending a conference in the lovely Pocano Mountains in Pennsylvania. My husband was asking why they would have it in PA in January. I think he was hoping for warm weather. That is partly because we are from the west and the mountains are big and the passes are more difficult. It was an easy drive on highway the entire way though and the mountains are more like hills. You are gradually climbing. I kept thinking how gorgeous it must be in the fall with all the colorful leaves on the many, many trees.

My husband, Craig was returning from a business trip and was going to meet me at Newark airport. His flight would get in about an hour before mine and then he would be able to come with me. Yay!

I got up at 4am Boise time and went to the airport and had no issues getting on my flight. I benefit from Craig's air miles and am a lifetime 1K so I am able to get on the plane first. I got on the plane, found my seat and put my briefcase in the …