Sunday, 19 July 2015
SHOWING FAVOURITISM IN THE HOUSE OF GOD
It was another beautiful day of worship, a poorly dressed man was the first in church. He waited at the entrance of the church welcoming people cheerfully to the house of God. Many of the church members didn't not answer him while the ones who answered him didn't do it cheerfully because of the man's poor nature and his mode of dressing. When the service started he wasn't allowed to sit in the front, he was rather given a seat at the back of the church by the ushers.
A week before, the church pastor had been transferred to another church. Now in the course of the service, It was now time for the church to welcome a new pastor.
The church church clerk announced "we are suppose to have our new pastor in our midst today but unfortunately, we have not heard from him but we hope that before the end of the service, Pastor John Paul will be here"
Then a voice came from the back of the church "I was here before anyone else, its just that I wasn't welcomed because I disguised like a poor man"
The poor man stood up climb up the alter and introduced himself as the new church pastor.......
The message from the story
TOPIC: SHOWING FAVOURITISM IN THE CHURCH OF GOD
How do we treat the poor among us? as a christian, do we show favouritism in the house of God?
some churches have class, there is a special seat for the rich (a comfortable chair very close to the front) while the poor class of people sit at the back in a less comfortable chair.
the church members in some cases have friends only among their social economic class in the church, that is the rich only make friends with the rich, they sit together and pray together while the poor can only mingle with their fellow poor members.
what does the bible say about favouritism?
James 2:1-13 NKJV
1. My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality.
2. For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes,
3. and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, “You sit here in a good place,” and say to the poor man, “You stand there,” or, “Sit here at my footstool,”
4. have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?
5. Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?
6. But you have dishonored the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you and drag you into the courts?
7. Do they not blaspheme that noble name by which you are called
8. If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well;
9. but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors.
10. For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.
11. For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.
12. So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty.
13. For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.
Christianity shouldn't be done with partiality, we should treat ourselves equal before God. The so called poor among us may be richer in faith than the Rich. Why should we become a judge by our actions?
The way the pastor presented himself is enough a message to the church. I wonder what it would have been if it was the second coming of Christ and He came like a poor man to the church. How many of that church members would have made it to the heavenly home.
Let us ponder on this and pray for the spirit of love towards one another.
God will help us