Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | July 25, 2016

Getting It Right…When The World Has It Wrong

july 25

“Then Peter began to speak, now I really understand that God doesn’t show favoritism, but in every nation, the person who fears Him and does righteousness is acceptable to Him.”  Hebrews 10:34-35 (HCSB)

Different starts at an early age – we see someone and we innocently ask, “Momma why is that lady so fat.”  Those were the words my four year old uttered at the checkout line.  The lady in front of us was different from us and his curious mind wanted an explanation.  Filled with embarrassment, I moved us over to another line and don’t even recall answering that question.

Fast forward many years later and I was the one confronted with someone very different.  Her words rushed out so fast, I couldn’t comprehend much of what she was saying.  The color of her skin matched my tanned summer glow, but her accent was very distinct.  There were lots of differences, but as we turned our eyes off the differences and focused in on God, we watched a beautiful friendship flourish.  I can’t imagine my life without this sweet friend –  so thankful that God maneuvered us past the differences.

Differences can often lead to wrong explanations.  Too often, we lump people into groups that we like or dislike.  We generalize their character and simply assume anyone that looks like or talks like them acts the same.  We judge easily and excuse away our perceptions, but is that how God sees the world? Would I have viewed my friend differently if God had not been a part of the equation?

It’s easy to think our world has changed, evolved and eliminated favoritism or discrimination – but just listen to a newscast and we won’t be so easily fooled.  God, however, has never changed. He created each of us uniquely different. And He loves every single one of us.  God sent His Son to die not for one or many but for all the world.  The invitation is wide open to anyone who chooses to believe, to anyone regardless of their social background, economic status or color of their skin.

God sees the world through the lens of love – wouldn’t we be wise to do the same?

“Father help us to embrace each other’s differences and share the amazing truth of Your love to all our world.”

 

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

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