“Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews” (John 3:1).
When we say, “God is no respecter of persons,” we normally refer to God’s extended arm to the poor or forgotten. But He also does not neglect those from opposite stations in life, or the so-called well-to-do. We know that some are called to lead (Romans 12:7-8), and often these positions lead to other privileges. But leaders need Christ, too, and Christ demonstrates His love for them just as He does to us. People come to Jesus the same way. Nicodemus held a high rank among the people, but he still came to Jesus. To this end, we need to remind ourselves of several truths:
1. God is truly no respecter of persons.
Neither rich nor poor have a corner on God. He avails Himself to all and graciously saves people from all stations of life. We, too, should see people as God does, and not evaluate them according to some false standard.
2. All souls are equal.
Both rich and poor are living souls who need to seek a right relationship with God. We, as God’s people, seek to reach out to all without distinction. Paul does note that most Christians come from ordinary walks of life:
“For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong” (1 Corinthians 1:26-27).
Still, we need to reach out to all, casting a wide net. God will bless the harvest as He sees fit.
3. We all come to God the same way.
God does not grant any exemptions on how to come to Him, we all come the same way. Jesus is the only way (John 14:6) and the only door to God (John 10:7-9). Anyone seeking a relationship with Jesus Christ will find God, regardless of his or her position in life (John 7:17). We come to Him the same way, through His Son Jesus Christ.
4. We all owe God the best of our lives.
Often in life the poor wait on the rich. But in Christ, and in the church, that thought disappears. We all serve one another (Galatians 5:13; 1 Peter 4:10). The rich should not enjoy privileges that are denied to others. The poor should not envy the rich. Each has suitable blessings from God, because God loves all.
Jesus came to rescue us from eternal misery and to create a community of love and brotherly kindness. It all begins with holding no distinctions among believers in the church.
Posted on Mon, October 17, 2016
by Sam Petitfils