Fairness — Morning Devotions - Hope 103.2

Fairness — Morning Devotions

God is willing to accept everyone, even though we might feel as though we deserve more. The truth is, we are all equally undeserving of His love.

By Chris WittsTuesday 6 Dec 2022Morning Devotions with Chris WittsFaithReading Time: 1 minute

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Here’s a very interesting question. Is a bit of a perplexing question, actually, who should receive more from a person’s estate? A child has had a long, loving relationship with the person who died the parent, for example, who died, or an adopted child who came into the family not long before the parent’s death.

Now we’re talking about something quite difficult. Here are human sense of fairness would probably give the right answer. But what if God was the father in question?

Now, according to the Bible, God doesn’t always act in ways that we would consider fair. We’re talking about fairness here.

It’s true. God treats all people equally, regardless of who they are and what they’ve done. You’ve heard the saying that God loves every one of us, even if there was only one of us to love and I’m looking today at Matthew, Chapter 20 and in the 1st 16 verses is an interesting story.

Jesus illustrated the point here about his love and his fairness there, he told some workers who were hired by the same employer at different times throughout a particular day and the story goes along this line that one group started work early for an agreed days wages. Now another group started Roundabout, would say nine a.m. and were told they would be paid appropriately. And then later on, the employer found that he needed still more workers. And so he hired groups at 12 noon, three p.m. And five p.m. respectively.

So everything was going fine until the employer told his foreman to call the workers in and pay them their wages. And everybody got the same amount. Those who had started work first. We’re naturally pretty angry, were incensed about this, and they said, Look, these last workers put in only one easy our and you just made them equal to us. And we’ve been here slaving all day under a scorching sun. At this point, the employer reminded them that they not only not only did he have the right to spend his money as he saw fit, but that they had agreed to work for what he had paid them. And so he said, Are you envious because I am generous?

As I said, it’s a very interesting story. Have a look for yourself and read it. Matthew, Chapter 20 Verse 1 to 16 There are lots of things that come out of this. But in telling this story, Jesus was saying that God is like that employer in that he’s willing to accept late comers to faith, even though there are those who object to that. And in particular, I think Jesus was addressing the religious leaders of that day who didn’t like the thought that certain people and I think they were thinking of the poor and the outcasts. Uh, they consider the outcasts of society, these two lots of people inheriting the same eternal rewards as them. It just didn’t seem fair.

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And in the Bible, the Jews believed that they were the people of God, and most of them found it hard to believe that how could God want to embrace all people equally, regardless of their social or racial standing? So the thought of others entering the picture at this late stage and having access to all the privileges and advantages of those who were already in the family was really alien to them, and they had a great deal of difficulty accepting.

Now, Jesus was not saying that it’s okay to discriminate, he say. You shouldn’t treat people unfairly. On the contrary, you know, the Bible urges us to seek justice for those who are unable to seek it for themselves. But just like parents who love their adopted Children as they do their own biological offspring.

So really, God does not discriminate. And I think this is the important thing to remember that God wants all people to experience his love and the good things that he has in store for them. And so the question is, does God really discriminate? No. God treats all people in love and fairness, and I think that’s a great lesson.

Let’s Pray

Well, Lord, we know that you change lives by the miracle of love and grace. And today we want to thank you, Lord, for the wonder of your love. Because it’s a love that changes people. It changes destructive people into caring people. And, Lord, we thank you for the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives and in ours. And we do desperately need Lord, your peace in our hearts. Today we thank you that it comes and it comes in the name of Jesus. Amen.