Galatians 2:6 (Holman Christian Standard)
6 But from those recognized as important (what they really were makes no difference to me; God does not show favoritism)—those recognized as important added nothing to me.

In this verse the apostle Paul is referring particularly to James, Peter and John. These apostles had been with Christ in person and followed Him. Paul admits these men had a reputation that set them apart from others in the view of man. They were considered the support and pillars of the church. Yet even though these men appeared to have an advantage, Paul says there is no favoritism with God. Paul was called by God just as much as these men had been. And each was serving in their capacity as they had been purposed.

In the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy sets out to find the mysterious wizard because he has a reputation for being able to help others. When Dorothy, the lion, the scarecrow and the tin man finally stand before the wizard they are greeted by an awe inspiring floating head of a man amidst smoke and fire. When they later return after their adventure to obtain the broom of the wicked witch, they find out the wizard is nothing more than a mere man behind the curtain who is really powerless to do anything. Sometimes we set expectations of others believing they are something more special than us. We may believe a pastor or deacon of a church is a man with great reputation who might even be better than some. Yet the truth is they are mere men just like the wizard. They have nothing more special than what we each have from God. God gives us each a purpose in life and shows no favoritism as it says in Romans 2:11, “For God does not show favoritism.” Those who sin are accountable. Those who do right in His eyes are praised. Give praise to God the Father who loves each of His children with equal passion.