[Updated from the archives.]
Have you ever felt the sting of someone playing favorites and leaving you on the outside? It might have happened in your family among siblings, or in school with a teacher, or at work with your boss.
It doesn’t feel very good, but it still seems to happen a lot. And when it comes to the workplace, you’d think that the needs of a business would discourage playing favorites, not encourage it.
I read a business article that argued in favor of bosses playing favorites in the work force, but cautioned:
“What you’re trying to do is to get the other employees to raise their level of performance, not raise their level of suspicion.”
It turns out that what they mean by playing favorites is showing that good performance is favored and leads to good things for the employee. That makes a lot of sense in the workplace.
That’s not how it works in God’s kingdom, though, “For God does not show favoritism.” (Romans 2:11.) As Peter told Cornelius:
I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right. You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. (Acts 10:34-36.)
Whoever has the Son has life … . And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. (1 John 5:12, 20.)
That’s it. Everyone in God’s kingdom has life eternal by virtue of being in the Son, meaning it’s because of Jesus and not because of us. Since Jesus is the eternally beloved Son of God the Father, and because we are in the Son for all eternity as well, we are as favored as can be.
God may not play favorites, but he certainly loves the favored ones.
Questions to ponder: Do you sometimes wonder whether God seems to love others more than you? When is that thought most likely to crop up?