No Favorites in the Family of God

Author: Sophia Bricker — Host: Natty AndersonPosted on: April 3, 2023

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No Favorites in the Family of God
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I was saved at the age of sixteen by Jesus’s death and resurrection, but
I remained un-discipled for a few years until I attended a Bible college.
My faith grew immensely due to the solid Bible teaching and professors who
loved Jesus. However, I felt out of place on campus. Other students would
gushingly share stories of how they were saved at the young age of five or
seven. I couldn’t relate to their experiences at summer Bible camps or
youth group excursions. Because of this, I thought that somehow, I didn’t
belong.

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Even when I found a local church, I continued to feel out of place because
I hadn’t grown up in church. From the hymns, to the structure of services,
to the overall “church culture,” it all seemed foreign to me. But even
worse than feeling like I didn’t belong was the idea that God couldn’t
impact others through my life because I was unfamiliar with the established
culture of the church.

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I wish I’d known sooner that God does not show favoritism. Throughout the
Bible, the Lord worked through people of various backgrounds and ages to
spread the good news of His kingdom. From young Timothy, who was raised by
his Christian mom and grandma but may have felt unqualified for
church leadership because of his youth to elderly Moses, who was raised
by people who worshipped idols but was called by the Lord to lead Israel
out of Egypt at the age of eighty, God does not have favorites.

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Throughout the Bible, God called shepherds, tentmakers, a doctor, people
who had been demon-possessed, prostitutes, and even someone who had
formerly persecuted Christians to tell the world of His grace through
Jesus.* Today, He calls believers of all different backgrounds,
ethnicities, experiences, and ages to be part of His good work. A person’s
ability to bring glory to the Lord is not based on when they were saved,
but on the One who saved them. • Sophia Bricker

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• Have you ever felt like you didn’t belong in a group of Christians?
Sadly, this happens to a lot of us. In times like these, how could it be
helpful to remember how God sees us?

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• What are some ways we can be hospitable to people who have a variety of
life experiences?

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• Have you ever felt unqualified to serve God because of your age or
experiences? How could the stories of people in the Bible give you hope?
(*If you want to dig deeper, read Luke 2:8-20; 8:1-3; John 20:11-18; Acts
18:2-3; Colossians 4:14; 2 Timothy 1:5; 3:15; Hebrews 11.)

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For God does not show favoritism. Romans 2:11 (NLT)

 

Read Verses:

Exod:7:1-Exod:7:7; Acts:10:27-Acts:10:36; 1 Timothy 4:12-1 Timothy 4:16; Romans 2:11

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