I am seeing this and hearing this from different pulpits as sermons and people’s opinions saying “I’m God’s favorite”
News Flash: No, you’re not!
It says in Romans 2:11 (NIV) “For God does not show favoritism”
Deuteronomy 10:16-18 “Circumcise your hearts, therefore, and do not be stiff-necked any longer. For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. He defends the cause the fatherless and the widow, and loves the alien, giving him food and clothing.”
As well as in Job 34:16-19 “IF you have understanding, hear this; listen to what I say. Can he who hates justice govern? Will you condemn the just and mighty One? Is he not the One who says to kinds, “You are worthless,” and to nobles, “You are wicked,” who shows no partiality to princes and does not favor the rich over the poor, for they are all the work of his hands?”
How about Acts 10:23-35, highlighting verse 34-35 “Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right”
Let’s go back to Romans 9:14-16. The context of this verse is showing that the blessing on whom God chooses. “What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all! For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” (Exodus 33:19)It does not, therefore, depend on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy.”
So all those references are saying that God does not have favorites, he doesn’t care who you are or your title – all He cares about is (Acts 10:35) men who fear him and do what is right.
NOW this isn’t to say that you cannot have favor! Having God’s favor on your life is NOT the same as being His favorite. The Bible clearly says you are not his favorite – God doesn’t play favorites. If he did, I’m pretty sure that title would go to Jesus Christ and laaast time I checked…you weren’t him.
Favor is blessing from the Lord. He bestows that upon when you fear Him, do what is right in His sight, and abide in Him. Favor comes in different shapes and sizes – it could be a physical blessing, a car for example. It could be a financial blessing; a blessing of healing of a longtime sickness. Or it may be a blessing of emotional healing or divine revelation regarding a spiritual battle or something physical you were having trouble with. Whatever it is, that blessing(s) is the favor of God resting on your life.
BUT that does not mean you are His favorite. Think about if your parents had a favorite child and it wasn’t you. Imagine how devastated you would be every time they disregarded your great achievements and highlighted the favorite’s miniscule ones. That is what you are doing to not only every other single believer on the planet when you claim that ‘you are God’s favorite’ but you also are doing that to Jesus. Jesus is God’s one and only son, please John 3:16 for clarification. He is part of the trinity, the God-head and when you claim that you are God’s favorite, you are kicking Jesus out of his spot and taking it.
Child, you wouldn’t even be able to think about entering into God’s throne room if it wasn’t for Jesus and his great sacrifice. Don’t lose the respect or the reverence or the holy fear of the Lord.
Ask God for forgiveness of this and humble yourself before the Lord. For God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble (Proverbs 3:34, James 4:5-7) .
If this makes you angry, don’t direct that at me. To be cliché, don’t shoot the messenger. This post is only righteous anger from the Lord, through me as a vessel onto the keyboard.
Ask God to reveal to you if you have done this in your life and how to fix it. I pray this perverse ideology doesn’t continue in your hearts. If it does, confront it, take it captive, and throw it into Hell (2 Corinthians 10:4-5). Replace those thoughts instead with “whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things” (Philippians 4:8)