James, Jesus’s half-brother who didn’t follow him until Jesus’s resurrection, is talking to the church about favoritism toward the rich when he mentions “kingdom.” He is talking about a hypothetical situation where the people assembled give special attention and a better seat to a finely dressed person than to a poor person. It may be hypothetical, but he must have brought it up for a reason. We all know it happens, and most of us probably have some difference between our reaction to a well-dressed person and a poor person. We need to override any gut reaction that makes us want to treat them differently.
Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? But you have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress you and personally drag you into court? Do they not blaspheme the fair name by which you have been called? If, however, you are fulfilling the royal law, according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.
Partiality is sin. Remember that as you seek His kingdom instead of worrying today.
*New American Standard Bible verses used in the book version of this devotional with permission from The Lockman Foundation.