A pecking order exists in the chicken coop. If you watch a group of chickens there are “the favored” and higher importance chickens who rule the roost. A lot can be said about pecking orders and favoritism within our hearts and daily walk. We either ask questions to perhaps solidify our stance or point, or compare ourselves to others and peck ourselves to death emotionally. Aren’t you amazed at how much credence we give a person we don’t even know just because we honor them as successful or famous? We ask, “What can they do for us?” We want to get closer and adolescents will often emulate them.
God calls us to be humble of spirit.
Humility does not show favoritism.
In combination with this message on Sunday, the pastor read this verse:
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying,
“Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night.
Did you know that one of the main jobs of Satan–the enemy — is to accuse the brethren. Hmmmmmmmmmm how often do I accuse, gossip, speak against, and I’m helping the enemy get his job done? As my friend, Sarah, would say “Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Myyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy–preach it!”
No pecking orders. No favoritism. No accusing.
Oh! What a peaceful mind and heart we would have! Think of your place of employment if these truths were practiced by you and others!
The next time we play favorites, compare ourselves, or accuse let’s overcome evil with God’s love and kindness.
We all know the difference between assertiveness and speaking in love to those who have offended and accusing gossip.
May we be instruments of His peace.