For there is no respect of persons with God. (KJV)
For God does not show favoritism. (NIV)
For God does not show favoritism. (NLT)
Here is a great memory verse. Firstly, it is only six words long in the NIV and NLT – anyone can put this verse in their brain and make it stay there if they want to! Secondly, it is one of the most powerful truths in Scripture and one of the most neglected and disbelieved.
Most people’s basic way of thinking about God is that He does have favourites. That God has some people who are His special pets and if they pray, then well – it will happen; but for the rest of us, we win some, we lose some and we lose more than we win. Seriously: this is what most people think.
A long time ago, I was preaching in a healing service in an Assemblies of God church. There were about 40-50 people in the room. A lady came forward for prayer who had very severe arthritis. I perceived in my spirit that she had faith for healing and would be healed there and then.
I said to the church “Who believes Jesus is the Healer?”
Being a lively, Pentecostal church there was a chorus of amens.
I said “Who believes Jesus Christ is the same today as He was in the Bible?”
Another round of amens.
I said “Who believes that Jesus Christ is going to heal this lady right now through the laying on of hands?”
More amens, some clapping.
I said “Who will get up out of their chair and lay their hands on this lady and watch her be healed in Jesus’ name?”
Utter silence. Everyone looking at the floor. No one looked at me let alone got out of their seat. In the end I had to lay hands on the lady. As I did, she crashed to the floor and got up totally healed.
The church were praising God, but I was perplexed. Don’t get me wrong – I was more than happy the lady was healed, but why did not one person out of maybe 40 Spirit filled, tongue talking, born again, on fire Christians get up and lay their hands on the lady.
After that service, I asked the Lord to explain this to me and in His graciousness He did. He showed me that everyone in the room believed that God could heal the sick. However, they did not believe that God could heal the sick through them, only through me. They actually thought that I was God’s favourite. That I had some special hotline to God, some secret power that they did not.
Nothing could be further from the truth – I work miracles by the hearing of the Word and the ministry of the Spirit (Galatians 3.1-5, John 14.12). And all believers can do the same (Mark 16.18).
God does not have favourites. God does not prefer rich people. God does not prefer apostles and prophets. God does not prefer more powerful people. God does not prefer pastors. God does not prefer someone who prayed today. God does not prefer men to women or women to men. God is not sexist, not racist, not prejudiced one bit.
the fault of one who when called on to give judgment has respect of the outward circumstances of man and not to their intrinsic merits, and so prefers, as the more worthy, one who is rich, high born, or powerful, to another who does not have these qualities
Look at this verse in the Amplified translation:
For God shows no partiality [undue favor or unfairness; with Him one man is not different from another].
God loves you as much as He loves Jesus. God adores you. God will answer your prayer. God will heal your sick body. God will get you out of this financial mess.
If you can find God doing it for anyone, you can ask God to do it for you knowing that He will.
Glory and freedom,