If we could be a fly on the wall at a church service in the 1st century, you'd see masters and slaves, rich and poor, highly educated and uneducated.
All sitting together.
As one body.
Equal in the eyes of God.
James, the leader of the first Christian Church in Jerusalem, witnessed social favoritism first-hand.
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Hey! Welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth. Our verse for today comes from James 2:5 in the NIV says, “Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?
As the first leader of the Christian church in Jerusalem, James has been encouraging the readers of his letter to live out what the Bible says. In God’s eyes, all men are equal. Rich, poor, master, servant, male, female. It didn’t matter.
In fact, during a church service, it wasn’t uncommon to find a wealthy landowner sitting in the congregation and his slave being the leader up front teaching.
But as we’ve been learning in James’ letter, the first century Christians still dealt with the prejudice of culture and the allure of money to determine their actions towards others. When James witnessed these Christians favor the rich over the poor, James asks his readers, “Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith now and forever in his kingdom?”
The Greek tense for chosen here indicates that this is a choice God made in the past, and because it was His choice, it reveals that the poor are no less valuable than the rich. They may be poor in the eyes of the world, but in reality, those who love God, no matter their financial position, are rich in faith.
The truth is that because of your trust in God and faith His Word, you are truly rich.
You’ve been set free from a life of sin.
You have the Holy Spirit living within you.
You have spiritual gifts and abundant favor.
You are a joint heir with Christ, and you will inherit the kingdom, just as God promised.
And every day that you encounter someone who is seen as less valuable in the eyes of the world, you have an amazing opportunity to treat them exactly as Christ would have treated them with the everlasting love of God.
And that’s The Simple Truth.
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I’m Julie Carruth, and I’ll see you again tomorrow