Tozer Devotional

Fri, June 16, 2017

Favoritism

There is an evil which I have seen under the sun — one that grows and does not diminish. And it is all the more dangerous because it is done without evil aforethought but, as it were, carelessly and without wrong intent.

It is the evil of giving to them that have and withholding from them that have not. It is the evil of blessing with a loud voice them that are already blessed and letting the unblessed and the outcast lie forgotten.

Let a man appear in a local Christian fellowship and let him be one whose fame is bruited abroad, whose presence will add something to the one who entertains him, and immediately a score of homes will be thrown open and every eager hospitality will be extended to him. But the obscure and the unknown must be content to sit on the fringes of the Christian circle and not once be invited into any home.

This is a great evil and an iniquity that awaits the judgment of the great day. And it is so widespread that scarcely any of us can claim to be free from it. So we condemn it only with utter humility and with acknowledgment that we too have been in some measure guilty.

Verse

My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don't show favoritism. James 2:1

Thought

Our openness to other people may be determined by class favoritism or by lack of comfort with those of another culture, language, ethnic or racial group, or status whether higher or lower than ours. But whatever triggers favoritism violates brotherly/sisterly love.

Prayer

Make me a humber receiver of all Your people, Lord, not an importance measurer of them.

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A. W. Tozer, a modern day prophet, was a key figure in The Christian and Missionary Alliance. His legacy reaches through time and has impacted countless millions. A prolific author and pastor, Tozer was known for his emphasis on the deeper life movement. His message, informed as it was by A.B. Simpson the founder of The Alliance, brought the missionary call to a massive audience. A series of his sermons are available as audio files.

bookHis books have been published around the world and in many languages. This devotional was compiled from the We Travel an Appointed Way Chapter 26 - Beware Respect of Persons

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