(From the sermon entitled, “Ang Aral na Dapat Matutunan sa Pagpili sa Atin ng Dios” for May 5, 2016)
When God chose us to be of service in His house, which is the church; He chose us according to His criteria and requirements. It is not because we desire to serve Him alone that brought us together in His fold. It is because of His mercy and love that made us spiritual servants.
Long ago, when God had chosen the ancient people of Israel, we can read, “For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession. The Lord did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. But it was because the Lord loved you and kept the oath he swore to your ancestors that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt.” (Deuteronomy 7:6-7)
So, it is God’s preference of calling that we were allowed to dwell in His house and serve Him while we live. Apostle Paul also tells us that no one can boast about his calling. We are called with a special purpose, and that is to bring glory and honor to the One that called us. He says, “Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not —to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.” (1 Corinthians 1:26-28)
Picture this, we have no hope before. We have no God and chance of salvation. However, He opened the gate of salvation and faith for us, so we can dwell and serve Him according to His pleasure. One thing is for sure, God does not show favoritism (Acts 10:34; Romans 2:11).
If God does not show favoritism or partiality, neither must we (James 2:1-2). We should be careful on how we treat other members of the church. How we deal with one should be the same with others, that is, no partiality is allowed inside the house of God.
Apostle James mentions, “Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” (James 2:2)
We should be aware that treating someone special just because we can smell something valuable, while we neglect others just because we don’t need them, feeling that we cannot get anything from them is totally wrong. That is an awful partiality and a hypocrisy.
Christ tells us, “If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that” (Matthew 5:46-47)
Many cultures of the world, even the customs of ancient Israel and the places nearby it are discriminating to others. Discriminating is a harsh thing. The Samaritans are group of people in their times that were always been discriminated. However, in the stories and parables of Christ, the Samaritans are the ones that show great deeds and love to others.
Partiality leads us to judge others. We look on the mistakes of others and feel indifferent to them. If we are partial to them, we loose the chance to correct them and help them improve themselves.
The teachings of Christ strongly suggests end of partiality and discrimination. Remember this, we are called to love one another and not to show indifference to anyone. Whatsover we do to anyone, we do it as well to the Lord.
If we show love and mercy, we do it to God.
If we are being partial to anyone, we do it to God.
Plain and simple truth.