Week beginning: 17th August, 2014
By Dominic Hughes | London
"My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don't show favouritism. Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, "Here's a good seat for you," but say to the poor man, "You stand there" or "Sit on the floor by my feet," have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?"James 2:1-4 (NIV 1984)
Many of you will, like me, have been to drinks parties hosted by law firms or sets of chambers.
How do you think Jesus would approach them? I sometimes wonder if Jesus would want us to search out the most lowly, humble, ignored person standing on their own and feeling isolated and talk to them.
And what about when the case for the small, less wealthy client needs our attention at the same time as the case for the large, impressive client?
I don't, of course, deny that our wealthy clients need our attention just as much as our more impoverished clients. But Jesus knows where, deep in our hearts, we have approached our clients not so much on the basis of who needs our help more, but who we are more eager to help.
It's worth remembering in all this that our Lord Jesus Christ is, as the passage says, "glorious". He is infinitely more glorious than the most impressive or good-looking person at the drinks party or the richest and most powerful of clients. And He loves and cares not just for the mighty and popular but also for the weak and the overlooked.
May He, in His abundant mercy, forgive us for when we've got our priorities wrong in the past. And, going forward, may we look on others in the same way that He was prepared to look on us.
1) Thank our glorious Lord that, far from overlooking us, He looked on us and offered forgiveness to us.
2) Ask that we would be better at following His example of loving the weak and the overlooked.