To “open up” is to submit to the will of God. We cannot be open to God’s purpose for us, if we are closed, indifferent, or hostile to others. This letter to James reminds us to be open to receive others into our homes, communities, parishes and hearts. These verses warned against choosing people based on appearances and status. We are warned not to claim to practice our faith, while showing personal prejudice against those whom God has favored. This is a conflict between love of God and love of neighbor. In the Christian community, there must not be any favoritism or discrimination based on wealth, status, or ethnicity (James 2:1-13).