Scenario 1: He is well dressed, respectable, even good looking. And he offers advice about my car. You should take it for buffing. I can organize for that. I am flattered. I am willing to have him take my car for buffing or whatever. In fact, I request for more advice on driving matters. But not because I need it.
Scenario 2: Our caretaker decides to offer his mechanical advice (again) as I pull out of the parking – your tyre needs more pressure.. have that exhaust checked… where did that scratch come from. This particular morning, I don’t have the appropriate words to respond to him, but I cast him a look that dismisses him and tells him to mind his own business. Does he not know I am a strong
independent Jesus-dependent woman? I don’t need his advice or concern or whatever. SMH, people should mind their own businesses, I think.
And then the Lord convicts me….
“My dear brothers and sisters, how can you claim to have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favor some people over others? For example, suppose someone comes into your meeting dressed in fancy clothes and expensive jewelry, and another comes in who is poor and dressed in dirty clothes. If you give special attention and a good seat to the rich person, but you say to the poor one, “You can stand over there, or else sit on the floor”–well, doesn’t this discrimination show that your judgments are guided by evil motives?
“Listen to me, dear brothers and sisters. Hasn’t God chosen the poor in this world to be rich in faith? Aren’t they the ones who will inherit the Kingdom he promised to those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor man. Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who drag you into court? Aren’t they the ones who slander Jesus Christ, whose noble name you bear? Yes indeed, it is good when you obey the royal law as found in the Scriptures: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you favor some people over others, you are committing a sin. You are guilty of breaking the law.”
I repent. I am thankful for the Holy Spirit conviction. He shows me how I despise one man over another based on their looks and economic background. Lord, change me.