“For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot says, "Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body," it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. And if the ear says, "Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body," it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body.…” 1 Corinthians 12:14-16.
Watching TV the other day, I saw a segment on the local news titled “Are you picking favorites?” The segment was about when parents treat one child more favorably than the other it causes the other child to feel neglected, inflicting painful emotional wounds that can stay with them into adulthood.
Having been the youngest in my family of four, I can personally attest to the truth of that statement. I grew up in a home where my sister was favored, which caused me to constantly want to win my mother’s approval. This carried on into every relationship in my life including my relationship with God.
But this is nothing new. The Old Testament cites numerous examples of families where one child is favored over another, and the devastating effect it had on the family dynamic. But when Jesus came to earth, he abolished the sin of favortism. He offered everyone an opportunity for freedom.
Perhaps you have felt unfavored in your relationship with God. After a long day at work, you spend more long hours shuttling kids back and forth to sports practices, managing your home and helping your husband with little to show for it. It can seem like what you do is unimportant, unseen and unappreciated.
But Jesus came to save all of us. He loves you no matter what season of life you are in right now. Whether you are changing numerous diapers or the CEO of a big company, God sees everything you do. Most importantly, he sees you too.
You are God’s favorite, and that’s the best role of all.
Lord, help us to bask in the live you have for us as your favorite. Amen.