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God Doesn't Play Favorites

Galatians 2:6
But from those who seemed to be something - whatever they were, it makes no difference to me; God shows personal favoritism to no man - for those who seemed to be something added nothing to me.

Paul is telling the story of his 2nd visit with Peter, James, and John. It was 14 years after his initialal visit with Peter (which followed Paul's self-imposed "exile" in Arabia). Established in his own sense of calling, Paul was not intimidated by this meeting, not was he envious of how much more "success" the other Apostles had had. They had not yet been really persecuted or faced the hardships that Paul had already. Their's could seem to be "cushy" assignments compared to the trials that Paul had faced in his ministry of the Gospel.

If I had been Paul, it would have been very easy to look at P,J & J and think, "why do they have it so easy? God, remember how you called me? Haven't you seen how diligent I have been? Look at the sacrifices I have made." I get caught up in that comparing game, looking a others who don't seem to be as "gifted" as I am (hello, pride), or who have had breaks that I haven't (hello, self-pity). It is a good reminder that God doesn't play favorites. Instead, I need to perceiveve the grace that had been given" to those around me (v. 9), and direct my energy to that which God had committed to me to do. It's all about assignment. It's all about process.

Lord, as hard as it may be, I will win the battle inside myself to stop comparingng and to be diligent with that which You have comitted to me.

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