Were you ever the last picked in a playground game? I know I have been and remember what it felt like. It was often a popularity contest where the team captains chose their friends. Sadly, it doesn’t change much as adults. Too many times leaders show partiality. Fortunately, God doesn’t play favorites.
There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, 10 but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. 11 For God shows no partiality.
God Doesn’t Overlook Evil
It is interesting that Paul is speaking these words in the book of Romans. They sound like something you would read in the Old Testament. The point Paul is trying to make is that God doesn’t overlook the evil deeds of people no matter who they are. Tribulation and distress will come upon those who do evil. The first person who will get it is the Jew. There is no one more favored in the Bible than a Jew, and yet they will be judged first.
Contrast that with those who do good. Paul tells us that glory, honor, and peace will rest upon everyone who does good. God honors and blesses those who do good, and he punishes those who do evil. While we can’t do enough good works to gain entrance to heaven, we are expected to do them, and we will be rewarded for it.
Getting a Fair Shake
It is good to know that we have a God who isn’t partial. He doesn’t play favorites but judges all of us equally. You are going to get a fair shake from God whether it happens in the church or not. He sees what you and he will act accordingly. If you want peace in your life choose to do the right things.