Don’t consider yourself a dry tree

Last updated on April 19, 2021

“Let not the foreigner who has joined himself to the Lord say, ‘The Lord will surely separate me from his people’; and let not the eunuch say, ‘Behold, I am a dry tree’” (Isaiah 56:3)

We humans tend to judge people based on their outward appearance, social class, race, gender, capabilities, and so on. Based on these judgments, we might consider ourselves superior or inferior to others. That’s the case with the foreigner and the eunuch in Isaiah 56:3 (ESV). The foreigner thinks God won’t accept him because he doesn’t belong to God’s chosen people Israel, and the eunuch thinks he is a dry tree because he is physically mutilated and can’t have children.

But God doesn’t agree with these men’s negative judgments of themselves. They are not inferior in His sight. If they join themselves to the Lord, they are just as blessed as anybody else. Instead of casting people out, God gathers the outcasts and invites them into his house.

The same principle is repeated in the New Testament: “For God shows no partiality” (Romans 2:11, ESV). To God, all humans are equally valuable and equally in need of His saving grace. We are all his workmanship, created to honor and praise Him with our lives (Ephesians 2:10).

Do you judge yourself and others based on all kinds of criteria, or do you accept God’s view of humans?

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