As for those who were held in high esteem—whatever they were makes no difference to me; God does not show favoritism—they added nothing to my message. (Galatians 2:6)
In elementary school, I felt my opinions didn’t matter and hardly spoke to anyone outside of my small circle of family and family friends. People shunned me because they thought I enjoyed seclusion. I thought God had made me less significant than others. I didn’t realize God doesn’t show favoritism.
The truth is that the angels will greet me no differently than Scarlett Johansson when they take me to heaven. They’re excited to see all who are royalty in God’s kingdom and made in God’s image. We’ll all be greeted and treated as if we’re movie stars.
God views those who are held in high esteem as equals to those who aren’t. We shouldn’t be afraid to approach anyone God places in our paths to promote us. What if Paul had been afraid to approach Peter? The church may not have viewed him as an apostle. Christians might be required to follow Jewish law and would lose their freedom. Paul’s gospel message and his New Testament writings may not have been published.
When I go to the Florida Christian Writers Conference in three weeks, I must take every opportunity to meet published authors who can help me and unpublished authors whom I can help in the future. We should make friends with those whom God places in our paths whether or not they are held in high esteem.
If there’s someone you have an inkling to know better, invite them to lunch this week.
Father, thank you for this Bible verse, letting me know that you don’t show favoritism. I praise you for placing people in my life to promote me and others whom I can serve. Give me the courage to reach out and ask for assistance. Remind me to help others. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.