Picture two families walking into the church. One is dressed in fine clothing; the other shops at the thrift store. The ushers seat one man and his family near the front row center right and the other in the back, far away from the pastors on stage. Which family do you think received the preferential treatment?

Such favoritism usually manifests itself in more subtle ways that seating arrangements. Think of the man who is asked to be a leader in the church because he's a wealthy pillar in the community, not because he exudes a passionate love for Jesus.

James warns, "My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, do not show favoritism" (James 2:1). 

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“Every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.”

Romans 8:28 MSG