“And remember that the heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites” (1 Peter 1:17a, NLT).
In The Shack, Papa (the Father, represented by a woman) tells Mack (the main character) he’s her favorite. When he wonders about that, she tells him everyone is her favorite. I can understand this because both of my kids are my favorites. I love them equally but a little differently because they are unique.
This verse tells us God has no favorites. Peter wanted us to understand no one has an edge when it comes to God’s affection. Nothing we do can give us an edge or an in with God. That’s the beauty of grace—no one can claim an advantage due to anything they’ve done. Not more prayer time, more Bible reading, deeper obedience—nothing changes how God feels about us. I think it’s safe to say that even though he shows no favoritism, we are all his favorites—we are all loved equally and best.