Are you a VIP?
Hi I’m Christin Ditchfield and this is Take It To Heart!
If you’ve ever been designated a V.I.P., you know how powerful those three little letters are! Very Important People get special treatment – free tickets to the hottest events – and front row seats! Bags full of swag. The best table in the restaurant, the longest limousine. When you’re a V.I.P., people treat you with great courtesy and respect. They go out of their way to be helpful — especially if they think you’ll leave a big tip. Important people get special privileges. It’s the way of the world.
But it shouldn’t be that way in the church.
James the Apostle writes, “Suppose someone comes into your meeting dressed in fancy clothes and expensive jewelry, and another comes in who is poor and dressed in dirty clothes. If you give special attention and a good seat to the rich person, but you say to the poor one, ‘You can stand over there, or else sit on the floor’—well, doesn’t this discrimination show that your judgments are guided by evil motives?
“ Hasn’t God chosen the poor in this world to be rich in faith? Aren’t they the ones who will inherit the Kingdom He promised to those who love him?… Isn’t it the rich who oppress you and drag you into court? Aren’t they the ones who slander Jesus Christ, whose noble name you bear?
“Yes indeed, it is good when you obey the royal law as found in the Scriptures: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ But if you favor some people over others, you are committing a sin.” (James 2: 1-4, 8-9)
I guess in the flesh it’s natural for us to respond to people of wealth and influence. But the Scriptures make it clear that we’re all sinners, saved by grace. As believers we need to be sure that we treat each other with the same courtesy and respect – with the kindness and compassion of Chris – because as Children of the Most High God, we are all V.I.P.’s.