Daily Devotional

July 24, 2020

Read James 2:1-9 NCV

My dear brothers and sisters, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, never think some people are more important than others. Suppose someone comes into your church meeting wearing nice clothes and a gold ring. At the same time a poor person comes in wearing old, dirty clothes. You show special attention to the one wearing nice clothes and say, “Please, sit here in this good seat.” But you say to the poor person, “Stand over there,” or, “Sit on the floor by my feet.” What are you doing? You are making some people more important than others, and with evil thoughts you are deciding that one person is better. Listen, my dear brothers and sisters! God chose the poor in the world to be rich with faith and to receive the kingdom God promised to those who love him. But you show no respect to the poor. The rich are always trying to control your lives. They are the ones who take you to court. And they are the ones who speak against Jesus, who owns you. This royal law is found in the Scriptures: “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” If you obey this law, you are doing right. But if you treat one person as being more important than another, you are sinning. You are guilty of breaking God’s law.

Read 1 John 4:10-11 NCV

This is what real love is: It is not our love for God; it is God’s love for us. He sent his Son to die in our place to take away our sins. Dear friends, if God loved us that much we also should love each other.

Read Philippians 2:3-4 NCV

When you do things, do not let selfishness or pride be your guide. Instead, be humble and give more honor to others than to yourselves. Do not be interested only in your own life, but be interested in the lives of others.

Unity Killer

In his autobiography, Mahatma Gandhi speaks about his fascination with the teachings of Jesus Christ while in college. During this time, India was under a caste system. Meaning, whatever social class you were born in, whether rich or poor, you stayed in. The system separated people and locked them into their status. But when he heard the teachings of Jesus, he thought that Christianity could be the answer to India’s caste system.

He made his way to a Christian church to hear more about the teachings of Jesus. But when he walked into the church, an usher said, “You can’t worship here. You need to go worship with your own kind.” Gandhi walked out and never attended another Christian church. He figured if there is a caste system within Christianity, then he didn’t want to become a Christian.

At the heart of that story is the sin of elitism. Elitism is an attitude of superiority that lifts some people up while demeaning others. It is a mindset that uses illegitimate criteria by which to judge people. It judges people based on false conclusions and ungodly perspectives, making some superior, while treating others as inferior. It makes illegitimate distinctions among people based on race, class or culture. Elitism will always kill unity within the body of Christ. Instead, we must get rid of elitism through love. We must love others, no matter their race, culture or class, and we must consider their needs as more important than our own.

What ways can you tangibly love people who are different from you?

(“The Power of Unity” devotional by Tony Evans)

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