By Andrew Hershey
High School Director Charity Lutheran
That is a question of my heart since I was so little. Why does he get that? Why don't I get that? He gets more one day, I get more a different day.
What about others around me who are super rich? Who have a bigger house? Who get to be in the starting lineup?
Why can't life be fair? Because if it were fair, maybe I would have more, perhaps I wouldn't be jealous, maybe I wouldn’t have to worry about others.
NOT TRUE AT ALL.
If everything was fair, I'm pretty sure that I would have less than I have right now. If life were fair I would get what I deserve. I would be in charge of the punishment for my sin and no one could take that away from me. What is fair is for me to be punished for every foolish word and action I have spoken and done.
How thankful I am for life not being fair. For when life isn't fair then I can receive grace and mercy I don't deserve. I can show compassion and give forgiveness. I have offer hope when all else seems hopeless.
Oh, our foolish mentality that we look at others and think, “that isn't fair?” For we are one of the most blessed in the world. We live in America where there is constant abundance. When was the last time we haven’t had three meals a day? When is the last time you haven't had a place to stay? With around 7.5 billion people in this world 325.7 million people live in the United States. Want a percentage on that? Well, it's 4.34 percent. So what does that mean? It means only 4.34 percent of people have the liberties that America provides; and that includes the ability to pursue wealth. That means 95.7 percent are most likely on a lower class than you. So, if everything were fair others would need to increase, and we would need to decrease our status.
It is said to be around 80 trillion dollars floating around in the world right now. If you evenly divided that between every person in the world everyone would be given $1,142.85. If life were fair anyone who had more money than that would have to give up all that they had. And everyone that had less than that would be given more.
I’m sorry but catch this statistic by the Credit Suisse Survey in 2014. American's average net worth is around $301,000. Wow! Talk about fair? We would love a lot, we deserve a lot less. We don't deserve the wealth, yet it is God’s grace to us.
In the Kingdom “to those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.” - Matthew 25:29
We have a responsibility here because life isn’t fair. We have the ability to give generously because we have abundance. So what about spiritually? Have we received that grace, that forgiveness, that love that is so overly abundant that we are able to generously give it to others.
Who cares who is first? What matters is that they get in. If the last shall be first and the first shall be last, what a great reward we get to look forward to the longer we wait.
When I have received a gift I often want to savor it because I know when it is open that is it. It's no longer a gift anymore when we open it. When we get into the kingdom of God and finally receive our crown what an amazing time that will be because of how long we have been waiting in expectation to receive it.
So here is the challenge: When life isn't fair, don't question “why me?” Why not me?” Believe the truth and celebrate for our brother or sister. The Bible talks about it in Romans 12:15, “Rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep.” Think about those people who finally come to repentance at the edge of death - will we question and say, “why do they get to experience heaven when they didn’t care anything about God during their whole life?” Or will we celebrate praising God saying, “Glory to Jesus this person doesn’t have to experience eternity apart from you.”
It's time to have a kingdom perspective and get rid our selfish desires and let the love of the Lord change us to celebrate with those around us.
Praise the Lord that life isn't fair.