No Respecter of Persons
"...but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For God does not show favoritism." -Romans 2:10-11 Sometimes, rather unintentionally, we as the body of Christ can develop a "superstar" mentality. What I mean by this is that we have had a revelation of our identity in God, but it becomes a little warped. We think we are the best thing that's happened to this planet, and we are the ones who are called to "save the earth". We develop circles around who is the coolest Christian. Others who are not directly in our circle may feel as though we are better than them when they are around us. We may feel that we have something extra special to contribute to the body of Christ because of our gifts or talents. But you do know what? God doesn't think this way. He loves each and every one of us the same. God doesn't care whether you're Brittany Spears or Mother Theresa, a person who has heard God 1000 times or someone who would say they've never heard God personally - He loves each of us without measure. The change in the equation happens when we choose to seek more after God, and we inherit more of His promises over our lives, due to our obedience and revelation of His word. But, this choice on our behalf does not mean we ought to think more highly of ourselves. In contrast, becoming more like Christ is about dying to self, although it is the most fulfilling thing in the world to be used by Him. "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me." (Galatians 2:20) When we develop hierarchy of fellowship we can step into dangerous waters. Anything that tries to separate us or others from the love of God is not of Him.
"There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus." (Galatians 3:28) Let us all walk in humility as we seek to draw others toward a fulfilling, lasting relationship and destiny in Jesus.