Daily Devos (February 18th)
James 2:2–4, — “For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes, and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, “You sit here in a good place,” and say to the poor man, “You stand there,” or, “Sit here at my footstool,” have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?”
I often wonder if we have a Biblical perception of Jesus or a cultural one. Jesus was probably often dirty, and He was pretty much homeless. If Jesus walked into our Sunday service at church, would He feel welcomed? Would people notice a new face and reach out to Him? Would we pass judgement on Him because of His rugged appearance? Would His bride bring Him joy or disappointment?
We should be a church that represents the glorious character of our Bridegroom in Jesus that welcomes with open arms all people. :)