Acts 10:34-35

Are you God’s favorite? Does He love you so much that you can get away with things others can’t? If this is what you think, you really don’t know the God of the Bible well.

“…God is no respecter of persons, but in every nation he that feareth Him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with Him.” (Acts 10:34-35)

Notice that there are two qualifications for being accepted by God: 1) fearing Him, and 2) working righteousness. Some might point out, then, if fearing God and doing what is right is what causes us to be acceptable to God, what of Jesus and His finished work on the cross? The answer is that without Jesus, no amount of fearing God or trying to do right would cause us to be acceptable.

Christ’s finished work of salvation paid for the sins of mankind. Before, there was no way that sinful man could approach the holy and awesome God; now, because of Christ, we can:

“Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest (the presence of God) by the blood of Jesus (because of His death on the cross), by a new and living way which He consecrated for us…let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” (Hebrews 10:19-22)

Yet some people feel that because of Jesus, we can also get away with more–that we can sin with impunity. This misconception is called antinomianism, and the early church also battled it.

While Christ paid for our sins and we can boldly approach the Father because of Him, we must never stop fearing God and do what is unrighteousness—and still expect to be accepted.

It is ironic that our relationship with our parents influences our perception of how God relates to us. I was an only child, and frequently felt I could wrap my parents around my little finger. This attitude carried over toward God. Somehow I truly believed that I could (more or less) do as I pleased and God would “have to live with it.” What an incredibly erroneous and dangerous misconception! Yet many people live as if they also believe this.

Yet the Bible clearly tells us the truth:

“[God]…’will render to each one according to his deeds’: eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek; but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For there is no partiality with God.” (Romans 2:6-11)

So does God have favorites? I suppose you could say so, but not in terms of having different rules for different people. His “favorites” are those who fear Him and work [do] righteousness!

Dear Lord,

Thank You that your rules are the same for everyone–that You render to each one according to his works. Help us by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor and immortality. Amen.

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