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Who is God’s Favorite?

September 5, 2013
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ImageThis sign is in front of a local church I drive past every day. It sounds like good advice for any young parent with more than one child, any teacher with more than one student, or any coach with more than one player.

A different thought struck me. Is it possible that this is how some people hear us when we share our faith? Do they actually hear us saying that God loves us more (or first, or better) than he does them? Do they hear us saying we are in a privileged position? Does our zeal to share what we have found project an attitude that being chosen by God means we are favored over someone else? If this is the case, we may actually be creating a difficult distance to overcome.

When we share the good news about Jesus, this sign is a good reminder to do it in a spirit of humility. Our words must communicate a mutual need for grace. Any hint of pretense will put people off, not draw them closer. The longer we walk with Jesus, the more we should recognize our need for grace.

Paul, one of the most well-known personalities in the Bible, referred to himself as ‘the least.’ We don’t like calling ourselves the least, but that may be the most we can do to help someone experience the favor of God’s love.

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