Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? James 2:5
Listen: James 2
James continues his section to the churches on favoritism, helping them see that it isn’t what’s on the outside that matters—it’s what’s on the inside. He reminds them that poor people can be rich in faith. Faith doesn’t have anything to do with the things usually judged on the outside.
James also points out a great irony that when they show favoritism to the rich, it is to the people who often take advantage of them.
When we judge people based on the outside, we are often doing it for selfish motives or for what we can get out of it. We may think we know them or have some kind of connection to them—but it is just a guess. And, many times, they are using our favoritism to their advantage.
Someone can look like they have it together on the outside, but their character—who they really are—might be a mess. Likewise, someone can seem like a mess on the outside, but their character might be great. The only way to get to know what someone is like on the inside is through relationship and not judging based on the outside because they are different.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
Consider the three ways Pastor Bob King encouraged us to grow who we are inside: service, small group and spiritual disciplines. All three are important ways to develop our character. Watch the video clip below from the weekend service to find out more about the spiritual discipline of fasting.
If you aren’t active in all three areas, consider taking a next step in one area. For more information about how you can take a next step, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.