No Favoritism

But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. God “will repay each person according to what they have done.” To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; 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 2:5-11

Despite our best efforts to hide from the Almighty, He sees, hears, and knows all. He will judge us all accordingly. It’s a sobering thought if you stop to think about it, which, well, we normally don’t like to think about it. We don’t like to think about it because if we did, we might actually reform our ways.

Consider a similar passage in Matthew 25 with the parable of the Sheep and the Goats. While it is firmly established in Scripture that you cannot work by doing good things to get into the Kingdom of Heaven, i.e., we cannot “earn” our salvation, there are still things on Earth we can be doing as we wait for that Heavenly kingdom.

Often we avoid trying to fit into the mold of the cliche “you’re too heavenly minded to be any earthly good” and end up doing nothing, which is perhaps worse than actually fitting into that cliche’s mold.

Before we get into some deeper theological passages of Scripture, let me ask you this, what are you doing for the Kingdom today? (Again, I’m not at all alluding to anything dealing with salvation.) If you’re not doing anything, how could you change that in the next week?

Perhaps you’re doing many things for the kingdom. If that’s the case, are you being effective in those multiple roles? Can you change any one thing to lessen that load a bit?


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