My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. – James 2:1
We stand tall and are quick to deny it. It could never be us.
“Surely not me,” we whisper under our breaths as we nervously shift, fidget, and look away as we try to avoid the conversation.
But as much as we want to sweep it under the rug, it’s an issue that desperately needs addressed. The Church today is unfortunately plagued with the same vices as those in James’ day who let their personal preferences regarding others outweigh love. The problem? These brothers James refers to cared more about their own glory than the glory of the Lord, and we’re often no different.
Our flesh cries out to be aligned with those of elevated social standing, elevated beauty, and elevated influence. But oh, how my heart is filled with humble conviction when I remember that my Jesus was none of these things in the world’s eyes. In fact, He was the exact opposite. He was a man of no reputation, who made himself nothing by taking on the very nature of a servant (Philippians 2:7). He had no physical beauty that would attract us to Him, and was despised and rejected by men (Isaiah 53:2-3)… even unto death.
Jesus stooped low.
Low enough to leave the glories of heaven to be fully God, yet fully man.
Low enough to claim a stable as his birthing room; a manger as his first bed.
Low enough to touch the leper, dine with the tax collector, and extend grace to the adulterer.
Low enough to wash the disciples’ feet.
Low enough to take the spit, the beatings, and the nails in our place.
Low enough to give up His spirit and to be buried.
Low… so that He could ultimately rise in triumphant victory!
Taking on the form of a servant to sacrificially love those rejected by the world? There’s no more beautiful position. That’s how we walk in our Savior’s footsteps – by stooping low and humbling ourselves under God’s mighty hand so that at the proper time He may lift us up (1 Peter 5:6).
To the ones the world labels broken and abandoned, God says to visit in their affliction.
To the ones the world calls poor and unworthy, God says to give attention and honor.
To the ones the world says to disregard, discriminate against, and demoralize, God says to love like yourself.
Because of the cross, mercy triumphs over judgment.
Are you caught up in the sin of partiality? Don’t wait another minute to confess, humble yourself, and love like Jesus today.
If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. – James 2:8
At His feet,
Let’s talk: Who might you be excluding by your action, inaction, or your attitude? TODAY, what is one step you can take towards extending grace and love?
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