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Topic: Favoritism (02/28/05)
TITLE: Jesus' Best Friend
By Anna Blake
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ADD TO MY FAVORITES
“My teacher is number one!”
“Bro, you are the greatest!”
You hear this all the time, and yeah, it’s harmful–but is it? We have got to think, did Jesus have favorites? I am sure He had a closer friend than the other, but He loved all the disciples the same. It is good to pick your friends wisely but that does not mean they are more holy than the next guy. So, who was His favorite. Let’s ask Him. Take the time to ask Him the awkward question, “Jesus, who was your favorite?” Go ahead, who do you think He likes the best?
The disciples asked a similar question. You can imagine what they were discussing before Jesus entered the room. There must have been one of them that He loved more than the other. The question was fair enough, completely innocent. “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”(Matthew 18:1b KJV) The answer was the one that could humble himself and “become as little children” (Matthew 18:3) he can enter into God’s kingdom. He avoided the answer that they really wanted to hear. Why? All I can say is that there was no answer. Who is great? Who is His favorite? Is there really a favorite for God? We are all sinful and unworthy for heaven.
Those disciples remind me of our dogs. In our home we have two dogs that could not be more different. One is a mix breed but mostly cocker spaniel. She’s old but beautiful. The other is a mutt who was a stray in Texas. He looks like a dingo. My brother picked him up when he was traveling over there to visit our sister. You can imagine how Corky, our spaniel, feels to have this “pup” move in our family. Buddy, our mutt, likes to cuddle and Corky sulks as he cozies up to anyone who would take him. We still love Corky and give her the love that’s due, but then Buddy starts howling and “talking” to us as we call it. It sounds more like, “Ow-oo-aw–argh–oo–“ and continues like that until we give him some sort of pat on the head. Never seen dogs get so jealous.
Dogs are one thing, but people are another. God gives no commandments to be careful of loving one pet more than another. That’s silly. I can safely say that Corky is still my favorite dog. It’s mostly a sentimental thing because we’ve had her longer. God gives us clear instructions on how to treat others to avoid picking favorites. Consider what James says in his second chapter. “My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.” (KJV) Then he goes on the tell what is happening among the brethren. Here come the rich, faithful, look-at-me churchgoers. The usher takes him to the best seat in the house right in front wear everyone can see him. Maybe the speaker even asks him to say a few words for all to hear. Then comes the hungry, poor man dressed in rags. The usher takes him by the arm and quietly asks him to take the stool in the back of the room. This is what “respect of persons” means.
Does this mean, there is no such thing as a best friend? Of course there is. Jesus Christ–the greatest in heaven (Matthew 18) and the one worth respect (James 2). But who is Jesus’ favorite? You.
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