“And remember that the Heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites. He will judge or reward you according to what you do. So you must live in reverent fear of Him during your time here as temporary residents.” 1 Peter 1:17
We have all heard the term “Teacher’s Pet.” This phrase has been used to indicate who might be the teacher’s favorite in a class. To earn this status, the “Teacher’s Pet” will usually go out of their way to earn favor with the teacher even if it means bringing gifts. However, great teachers do not have favorites but instead will treat all students the same.
Similarly, 1 Peter 1:17 clearly tells us that God has no favorites. The King James Version of this verse says that God is “not a respecter of persons.” In other words, God does not look at our socio-economic status, our looks, our positions, or our titles when He looks at us. God does not give special treatment to anyone. God looks at all of us the same.
First, God looks at who we are in Christ when He looks at us. In fact, the verse above tells us that God will reward or judge us according to what we do. But what does that mean? To begin with, God looks at whether or not we have received Him as Lord and Savior. If we have done that, then God looks at us as His child.
If a person has not trusted Christ as Savior, God still looks at them with an overwhelming love relentlessly pursuing them to follow Him. God’s heart is that all would come to know Him as Lord and Savior.
Once we are His child, then all our sins are forgiven. Romans 8:1 tells us that “there is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.” In essence, we will gain Heaven as our eternal home because our sins are forgiven.
As His child, we can have a close relationship with God according to how we pursue Him, live for Him, obey Him, and serve Him. It will never be on the basis of anything else. However, doing all these things will not make us His favorite. We should never think that we are more important to God than anyone else. We should never allow ourselves to think that God loves us more or our lives are more important than anyone else. God has no favorites!
Rather, we should live in reverent awe and fear, as the last part of 1 Peter 1:17 instructs, so that our lives will honor God and be pleasing to Him. My prayer is that we as Christians would be more like God and love all we come in contact with and keep our hearts from developing favorites!