© by Joyce C. Lock
When a friend shared how her counselor had said that Godís chosen people were His favorite, that there are some He loves more ... you can bet that I came up for air.
I can only imagine how horrible that would be if I even thought that God couldnít love me as much as He does others. Were that true, we could never find our right place with Him.
I see the same mentality in Christians. Some think saving souls is everything. Some give their all to ministering to Christians. Some think loving the Jew is what is going to bring them acceptance, favor, and reward from God.
But God said, "Sow beside all waters, " (Is.32:20). His vengeance is promised for the Jew and Christian, alike. His blessings are promised for all areas of service given by the heart. Each and every calling is equally important. God didnít pick a favorite.
If you look carefully at scripture, youíll find that those God chooses are humans with flaws, fears, and weaknesses. Theyíre chosen for special areas of service wherein God gets the glory instead of man. Perhaps God knows that if man gets the glory, it will only go to his head ... taking his eyes off God, where he can no longer be used. So, what God does choose is "the least likely candidate", but He loves us all the same.
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.