Ever felt that life is unfair? You weren’t getting a fair crack of the whip? Someone else was always chosen before you? The middle child in the family…should have have shouted louder!
If I could count the number of times that inmates or offenders have claimed that they were innocent, I didn’t do it, they picked on me… I would have got to a big number by now. My question back to them is - OK, so how many times did you break the law and never got caught? The quietness is deafening! Pick any scenario - getting a ticket when the guy in front was driving faster, being let down by a ‘friend’ who promised to be there or put a good word in for you.
It’s called favouritism. No matter how you spell it with or without the ‘u’ it seems as though it never works out for YOU! Reading this, you may feel that we focus too much on ‘what the bible says’ but that is the nature of the content. I do not need to defend my use of His Word, if it has been the answer to every life problem which I have ever faced. We hope to show you life issues not, merely, those which effect inmates. They have a very closed view of the circumstances but we have an opportunity to take a wider perspective. Is life unfair? Do we receive or give favouritism?
James 2 verse 1 has something to say on the subject - My dear brothers and sisters, how can you claim to have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favour some people over others? in verses 8-9 Yes indeed, it is good when you obey the royal law as found in the Scriptures: “Love your neighbour as yourself.” 9 But if you favour some people over others, you are committing a sin. You are guilty of breaking the law. This happens to be only one writer but Paul in Colossians, Ephesians, 1 Timothy 5, Galatians continues the theme.
OK, so let’s turn the whole thing on it’s head… what if I told you that God shows favouritism!? It can be seen that God will favour His people. He did with nation of Israel - God’s chosen people.
We can see many times when He has singled an individual out to fulfill His purpose. Obviously, there is a big difference in the way man shows favouritism and God’s ways. With man it is invariably through an act of the flesh. Ever been rejected for a job as one of 2 candidates? That used to annoy me because, obviously, I thought I would have been the best choice. It no longer concerns me - there is always something better for me that God has prepared. His ways are far more complete than mine. He knows the beginning from the end.
It is in this area that we find that God loves every individual but He rewards those who are faithful to Him and not influenced by the World. (Hebrews 11 verse 6 - And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.) If there is an individual who has no thoughts towards God, then how can God assist their walk? It’s not that He ignores or doesn’t want to, man has a choice.
Jesus came - in the year of the Lord’s favour - to show a way that we didn’t understand or know of. I have, personally, received great favour from Him on occasions where I thought a situation was lost. Was it when I was up against another individual(s)? Yes, but God has a great ability to put square pegs in square holes. That is to teach us something new or to bless the new area of influence we now have.
He will NEVER give preference to an individual who has not sown good seeds, to one who has an interior motive or where the choice would prove harmful or opposite to His own character. There are many, many scenarios that I could recount but the key factor is whether we trust Him enough to follow His direction and give the Glory to Him. It is one thing to receive His favour and to be chosen by Him, the most significant factor is to recognize, and make known, that it came through Him, and Him alone.