Do you ever show favoritism?

Favoritism is giving the gift to ourselves and misses out on intimacy with God (James 2:8-9). It flows from a partially surrendered heart. We show favoritism to those we coach, lead, manage, or serve. We might do so out of fear of losing something or hope in gaining something.

However, God desires full surrender to Him so that we treat everyone fairly. When we partially surrender our lives, we are actually surrendering nothing. Surrendering half of our heart is surrendering none. Surrendering some of our desires is surrendering none. Surrendering some of our time, talent, and treasure is, in effect, surrendering none. Partial surrender is non-surrender because it uses others to serve ourselves. Our Designer knows our motivations and sees what lies behind our actions.

God said that partial surrender is pretense (Jeremiah 3:10). We pretend to surrender to Him when, in fact, we hold back part of our hearts.

God spoke through the prophet Jeremiah: “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13).

Are you holding back anything from God, showing favoritism to someone in order to keep or gain something? Confess it to the Restorer, today.

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