Words from the Heart for Wednesday November 16th, 2016
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)
God Does Not Show Favouritism
Truth is not determined by popular opinions or by the majority vote. All truth comes from God. Don’t let the popular opinion determine what is true. Know what God says is true and rest in confidence in His Word!
We don’t often think of this, but Canada is a country of islands. Every region of the country has their favourite islands. On the west coast there is Vancouver Island, of course, but also Haida Gwaii. Previously known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, Haida Gwaii is an archipelago off the northern coast of British Columbia. Home to the Haida Nation, the islands are famous for their native art and culture, especially the numerous and distinct red cedar totem poles, some of which date back hundreds of years. The Gulf Islands are more than 200 islands in the Strait of Georgia, between mainland British Columbia and Vancouver Island. Salt Spring Island is the most popular island, but there are also less populated islands that are accessible by BC Ferries.
Injustice has been a problem since sin became a problem. With sin came greed and selfishness, the desire to look out for number one. Nepotism has always been a problem – far too often decisions are made based not on what you know, but who you know. In this world favouritism can be a big problem. As usual, the principles of the kingdom of God turn the things of the world upside down. Galatians 2:6 says this: “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.” The rich and famous in this world are always held in high esteem. Entertainers give their opinion about politics and politicians are entertainers. But the early Church changed so many things. It wasn’t uncommon for a slave to be the pastor and the Master to be sitting in the congregation. The Kingdom of God teaches that it is the servant who rises to positions of leadership within the community of the saints. It is those who humble themselves before the Lord who are lifted up. God doesn’t show any favouritism. He knows the heart of everyone and he judges according to what is in the heart. He looks for those whose hearts have been purified by Christ and are committed to the message of the Gospel. What does the Lord see when he looks into your heart? Does he see a servant?
These have been words from the heart.