My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in...—James 1:1-2
Like the start of a bad joke, James makes a hard point that isn't hard to miss. "So two guys walk into a church. One guy is very rich, and the other guy is very poor..." But the punch line is a punch in the face of the presumptuous man who shows partiality. His point is that our eyes see only in part. The human eye never sees the whole picture. But what is seen can result in rapid assumptions and presumptions about the person of another. In this situation, James is concerned that our visual perception might impact our spiritual perception, which leads to drawing the wrong conclusions. This is because, In God's family, physical status and special treatment based on this physical status will make misinterpretations that misrepresent the character of God and the community of faith.
Brothers, the Christian faith looks beyond the physical signs that our world uses to measure status and persuade our minds. Our brotherhood is driven by a different set of values that sees without partiality because we are aware that we are all sinners, made holy only by God. So untrain this manner of partial thinking and perceive fully the view of faith.
ASK THIS: Where do you see partiality in your Christian community?
DO THIS: Pray for an impartial community of faith that sees only with faith.
PRAY THIS: God, may I look beyond what is natural and see the people around me in the way you see them.
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