Jude 16: “These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage.” [NKJV]
Do you flatter people to gain advantage?
Do you focus on the outer package?
Do you seek honor and glory for yourself?
Do you want people to notice you?
Do you want to be rewarded for your accomplishments?
1. Don’t show partiality because God doesn’t. “For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” [1 Samuel 16:7, NKJV]
2. What matters is the heart [Proverbs 4:23] — is it soft and pliable, reverent, pure? God uses only spiritually soft hearts. Pride leads to a hardened heart.
3. What doesn’t matter is the outer package — clothes, appearance, poor/rich, accessories, connections, influence, fame, family, job, etc.
4. Showing partiality:
(1) makes you the judge (and a bad one), instead of God
(2) means little/no fear of God
(3) is seeking favor from the wrong person/s
(4) is wanting exaltation instead of humility.
5. God exalts and God humbles. Outer package can be given or stripped away in an instant. Example: Nebuchadnezzar [Daniel 4].
6. God can use anyone in His kingdom: rich/poor, famous/not, influential/not, etc.
7. True honor and glory come from God = crown of life in heaven.
8. Jesus came to earth as a nobody — a poor Jewish carpenter who died a bloody death on a cross.
Food for thought
Leviticus 19:15, Deuteronomy 1:17, 16:19; Psalm 147:10, Proverbs 4:23, 18:5, 24:23, 28:21; John 5:41-44, 7:24, 12:43; Romans 2:29, 2 Corinthians 10:7, Galatians 5:26, Philippians 2:3-11, 1 Thessalonians 2:6, James 2.