We don’t always serve a fair God, but He is always Just.
WHAT I’M WEARING:
One thing I’m continually learning is that God doesn’t necessarily play fair. The Bible speaks of our Lord being the God of Justice (Isaiah 30:18), Who loves justice (Isaiah 61:8), and Who tells us to seek after justice (Deuteronomy 16:20). But we never see much of God playing fair in the Bible, or even in current ages.
For some time now, I’ve held this self- righteous view about my faith and devotion to the things of God. I thought because I lived a holy life (or so I thought) before God, I was more deserving of salvation than some of my peers who opted for a worldly lifestyle. I thought salvation could be achieved by some form of diligent effort or merit; and if I kept at it long enough, I would certainly make it to Heaven to share in my inheritance with Jesus Christ.
All of my thoughts were a result of ignorance, of course. Because I didn’t know the Scriptures, I created my idea of who God should be. It made sense to me for God to favor the righteous and holy, and hate the sinner. It made sense to me for God to give preferential treatment to the believer who dedicated their life to Christ at age 12 versus the believer who converted at age 49. And while these assumptions can be sort of back up biblical, my viewpoint was still a self- righteous one.
But then I learned the Word of God… I learned God isn’t a respecter of persons. God doesn’t deal fairly, but rather justly. That the Kingdom of God shall be inherited by those who accept Jesus as Lord regardless of their age or resumes. And that even if the sinner accepts Jesus as Lord at the very last minute before dying, he/she would be in Heaven just like the one who served God all the days of his/her life. Now this isn’t to say there wouldn’t be consequences to the sinful life this sinner chose to live. But it doesn’t take away from the gift of salvation.
One of my favorite parables told by Jesus is the The Parable of the Laborers (Matthew 20). It’s a story of a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his land in agreement for approximately $4 (in today’s money). At about 9 am, he saw other workers standing there and he hired them for the same amount money. He then hired more workers at 12 pm , 3 pm and at 5 pm- all for the same amount of $4.
After the day was complete, he called for all of the workers and paid them all $4 each. The workers who were hired early in the morning complained they shouldn’t receive the same pay as those hired later in the afternoon. The landowner advised he had the right to do as he saw fit with his own money and pay all workers what they agreed on = $4.
“So the last will be first, and the first will be last.” Matthew 20:16
Jesus told this parable to relate it to the kingdom of Heaven. Salvation, much like the $4, is given by the Landowner of Heaven (God Himself). And He is able to give it to whom He desires, regardless of how great or little work is done. God loves the world so much that He gave is One and Only Son. And believing and accepting His son is the ONLY prerequisite for salvation. There is no other time, merit, or length of work that can be done to achieve this salvation.
When I speak with unbelievers about Jesus, they often remind me of the sins they’ve committed or are still committing. It’s as though before coming to Christ, they must first be cleaned of sin and rid of those things that don’t please God. However, if you wait to achieve a certain level of righteousness before accepting Jesus as Lord over your life, you’ll be waiting for ever. Regardless of the sins you commit, or don’t commit, you will always be considered as filthy rags before the Lord. It is Jesus Christ alone who gives us the ability to stand before the throne of God blameless and without sin.
This is truth that believers and unbelievers, alike, must accept. To preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ is to preach it in its entirety: there is NO other way to be saved than through the name of Jesus. And salvation, regardless of when it is acquired, is authored by God Himself. God, like the landowner in the above parable, has the authority and the liberty to give $4 (Salvation) to whomever He chooses at whatever point He chooses.
God isn’t always considered fair. But He is always just. So if you’re waiting to “get right” before deciding to give Jesus a shot, I want to discourage you on doing that. You cannot get right[eous] except you take on the righteous of God through Christ Jesus. Should you decide to live a monk-ish lifestyle and “sin” no more, be peaceful with all men, and never think a negative thought again, you would still be considered filthy in the presence of God without Jesus in your life.
Now, while salvation is yours regardless of when you receive it- I want to admonish you to receive it sooner than later. Life is hard. Life is tough. Life can get lonely and confusing. This is a reality for believers and unbelievers, alike. But life can be lived so much better with Jesus. There is something so refreshing and reassuring knowing that your life is in the hands of the Almighty Father. There is an inexpressible joy that comes with living life on God’s terms. I plead you to give Jesus a shot….as you are! Don’t wait to accomplish, achieve, start, stop, or whatever other excuse comes to mind. Give Him a shot this very minute. Your life will be transformed for the better.
If you’re reading this and want to accept Jesus as Lord over your life, pray the following prayer aloud…
“Lord I repent of my sins. I recognize that I am a sinner that needs saving. I accept Jesus as Lord over my life. Holy Spirit come into my heart and transform me. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.”
If you need further guidance, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and place in the title “I need Jesus”
Have a blessed day!