Equal Opportunity

We’ve been told since we were young that life’s not fair. That time we didn’t get the toy we wanted. That time we thought we deserved better, and someone less “deserving” in our eyes, got what we desired. Over and over, it seems the entire human race cries out in outrage at the unfairness of life, and then repeats “life’s not fair” like it’s some kind of motto.

Perhaps you have never heard that phrase before, but believe me, it is very common in many circles. It’s commonality will not be discussed here, only it’s error.

If you look at your life as one that is deserving, you are wrong. You as a sinner, deserve to burn in Hell for all eternity. Your case requires no gifts or benefits. Only punishment. But God in His grace has allowed you to live on this earth for a time. He has given you the chance to accept His grace, and if you do so, you will live forever with Him in glory.

That’s not “fair.”

But let’s take another look at the fairness of things. Aren’t there people who have it better than others? I mean, those who have certain backgrounds surely have it better or worse when it comes to serving God right. Well, not really.  You see, God makes it very clear that, “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required:” Luke 12:48 So God measures a person’s life not necessarily by what they did, but by what they did with what they had.

Another thought: Wouldn’t some people have it worse when it comes to temptation? Well, if we look at one passage that deals with temptation, it says, “God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” – 1 Corinthians 10:13 God always leaves a person with a choice. He never allows them to be tempted to the point where they cannot resist.

So what does this all mean to us? Well, First, Life’s better than fair, it’s gracious. God gives us the opportunity to live forever with Him despite our sin. And second, God judges us by what we do with what we have, not what we do. And third, whatever comes our way, we make the decision to sin or to walk in righteousness.

So my friends, no matter what comes your way, or what “disadvantageous past” you may have, remember this: You have an Equal Opportunity to follow God’s will. You make the choices, and God will reward you according to what you have done. Also, if you are one who has been given great things, and you have a solid “advantageous background” also remember that God won’t judge you in comparison to others, He judges you in comparison to what you have been given. No matter what, You have an equal opportunity to follow God’s will for your life. Won’t you take it today?

” they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.” – 2 Corinthians 10:12

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