But if you favor some people over others, you are committing a sin. You are guilty of breaking the law. James 2:9
I have a really unique job. I raise money for the homeless. That means that in the same day I have the opportunity to interact with some of the most successful people in our city as well as some of the most broken people.
While I love that part of my job, it can also be challenging. If I’m not careful, I can find myself spending more of my time with the successful people than I do with the broken people who God has right in front of me.
While I’m always aware of this tension, too often I find myself not spending the time that I would like to with the men, women, and children we serve. Why? Because it takes time, intentionality, and selflessness. Also, in theory, there isn’t a lot that the homeless can do for me, right?
However, I have learned that loving people who can do nothing for you in return usually results in having your life transformed. If we’re to love as God loves, than we need to intentionally set aside our time, our talents, and our finances to serve people who can do nothing for us in return.
I love what Tim Keller often says, “If you don’t love the poor, then you don’t know what God has done for you.” I’m so glad that God loved us when we had nothing to offer Him. I believe that God expects us to do the same for others.
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the people we serve. Some of the most rewarding experiences I have had at Light of Life have come when I spend time with them. There are times that I wish that was my full-time job!
I’ve just been getting challenged in this area. As a result, I have made a commitment at Light of Life. I am getting more and more involved with our programs and in the lives of those we serve.
While I’ve been challenged in this area, I also hope this post challenges you. I have two questions for you:
- When’s the last time you did something for someone who could do nothing in return for you?
- Do you find yourself showing favor (spending more time with, treating with more respect, etc.) to some people over others? If so, what are you going to do about that?
God makes it clear in James 2:1-12 that we are not to favor one person above the next. Let’s make a commitment to loving everyone equally. Within that commitment is the power to change our lives and the lives of others.
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