"And Peter opened his mouth and said: Most certainly and thoroughly I now perceive and understand that God shows no partiality and no respecter of persons."
How do you treat others around you? Do you notice their dress? Their semantics? Their overall body demeanor?
The Bible says in several places that God is not a respecter of persons (Acts 10:34, Rom. 2:11, Ephesians 6:9). He does not treat some individuals better than others because of the way they dress, their levels of income, the positions they hold, or who they know. He not only treats everyone the same, it seems He goes out of His way to treat those who are hurting especially well.
The Apostle Peter said this:
Practice hospitality to one another (those of the household of faith) (Be hospitable, be a love of strangers, with brotherly affection for the unknown guests, the foreigners, the poor and all others who come your way who are of Christ's body). And do it ungrudging, without complaining but representing Him (1 Peter. 4:9).
Before you brush past this part, take an inventory of how friendly you are with people you don't know, especially those who are entirely different from you. Some people are just naturally friendly and outgoing in temperament, but those of us who don't seem to have the "friendly gene" need to make a decision to be friendly because the Bible says so.
The apostle James admonished the church not to pay special attention to people who wore splendid clothes to the synagogue or to give them preferable seats when they came in. He said if people acted in these ways and wanted special treatment, they had wrong motives (James 2:1-4). In other words, we are to treat all people as being worthy of respect.
Jesus said to put an end to distinction between people and said we are all one in Him (Galatians 3:28). We simply need to see valuable people-not rich or poor, highly educated or uneducated, not the labels in their clothes, hairstyles, the cars they drive, their professional titles -just people for whom Jesus died.
his Week's Meditation:
Teach me to "take my blinders off."
Help me to meditate each day: "Lord, we are all of the same worth."
Teach me to be patient and know you will mentor me. Remind me that prayer motivates me.
Meditate on this for several minutes a day. Allow various thoughts to come into your mind. And realize God has you in his arms always.