For Such A Time As This

Maximizing everyday moments to glorify God

“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Colossians 3:13

on October 29, 2012

Life’s not fair.

Oh, how very true those words are! If you’re like me and have younger children, you hear that cry constantly. It’s not fair that I have to take out the trash and she doesn’t. It’s not fair that he gets to stay up later than me. And on and on.

As adults, we think it’s “not fair” when we are treated poorly or something happens to us that is unexpected. When someone attacks our character or our beliefs, we immediately fall into that childlike response, it’s not fair! When we suffer or go through trials, it’s hard not to go “there.”

Life’s not fair.

The truth is, the most unfair thing in history didn’t happen to any of us. It happened to Jesus. And he allowed it to happen. He was unjustly tried, convicted and crucified. And he did nothing to deserve it.

Life’s not fair.

He chose to endure that unjustified torture and death for me. For you. He chose it because it was the only way to fulfill the promises made and offer salvation for any who choose to receive it. He died and rose so that we might live.

Life’s not fair.

I did nothing to deserve this gift. Nothing. Being a good person didn’t earn it. Giving to the poor didn’t earn it. Following a religion didn’t earn it. The truth is, I DON’T deserve it. Which is why it is such a gift. An unconceivably generous gift.

He offers is freely to each of us. All we have to do is accept it. Admit that we are a sinner in need of a savior and accept that He died and rose for us. That’s it. Turn and follow Him and we are saved.

Life’s not fair.

So, when my flesh screams out that “life’s not fair,” my response should be, “no, it isn’t, thank God.” I should take that grace and let it pour out of me in a way that only could be from His power living in me. Because when we are wronged, and we know it will happen, we have a choice.

We can respond with the knee-jerk reactions of the flesh, stomping our feet, spewing venom from our mouths and feeling attacked. Or, we can choose to extend the kind of grace that He extended to each of us who have accepted the undeserved gift of salvation. We can speak words of love and forgiveness, pray for our accusers and realize that only the opinion of Jesus matters.

Life’s not fair.

Thanks be to God.

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