Words from the Heart for Wednesday November 17th, 2021
As for those who were held in high esteem—whatever they were makes no difference to me; God does not show favoritism—they added nothing to my message.
Galatians 2:6 (NIV)
You might be interested to know that in Ontario it is not illegal for your employer to show favouritism towards another employee. An employer in Ontario has the ability to promote one employee over another simply because they like that individual. The same applies to terminations. What an employer cannot do is show bias in the workplace towards a coworker if the reason for their preference against you is a protected human rights ground. In that case, their actions may be deemed illegal.
Favouritism is common in the world. Far too often it isn’t what you know but who you know. People work hard earning the favour of the rich and famous, hoping to climb the social ladder and become important in the eyes of those they consider important. This may be a principle in the world but it has no place in the kingdom of God. Galatians 2:6 says “As for those who were held in high esteem—whatever they were makes no difference to me; God does not show favoritism—they added nothing to my message.” It was common in the early church that a slave was the pastor while his master sat under his teaching. As usual the kingdom of God turns the principles of the kingdoms of this world on their head. The last are first, the poor are rich, the weak are strong. God never shows favouritism. He doesn’t look at your past, your education, your bank account. He loves all equally and desires that none would be lost and all come to eternal life. We all come to Him simply as sinners in need of a Saviour. At that place we all stand as equals.
These have been words from the heart.