We are in a sermon series in the book of James entitled CHISELED: God’s Masterplan for Transforming Your Faith. Each weekend, we’ve been learning and reflecting on how to thrive no matter what life throws at us. Just as God uses trials, He also uses good works to chisel out His transforming faith in our hearts. That’s our focus in October, and James pulls the pin and rolls a grenade down the aisle when he confronts these topics: favoritism and good works.
So what is favoritism? It’s valuing some people and devaluing or ignoring others based upon our own selfish preferences. Favoritism is ingrained in all of us. But Jesus is transforming us into His likeness, and God doesn’t have favorites (Lev. 19:15; Gal. 2:6; Rom. 2:11; Eph. 6:9). Jesus doesn’t either. He dined with the poor, thieves, and the immoral, as well as the rich elite, the religious, and upright.
So, let me roll this question down the aisle to our Highlands family. What type of person makes you feel uncomfortable or angry? Are they welcome here?
Jesus created His church to be a place where people can find healing and hope for the problems and pain in their lives. This month Jesus extends His invitation and challenge to Highlands to discover how we can grow even more as a safe place of grace. Fasten your seatbelts. Our series in the book of James is about to pick up speed!