“For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”Romans 10:12-17
Are you like me? Have you had times when you thought life was unfair? I often thought it was unfair as it related to school, or home, or even basic genetics. If you look around, it will not take long to realize that life sometimes truly is not fair, but we can be grateful that it is not. Because while there are times when something happened that was unfair, and we lost out, there are other times when we actually benefitted from an unjust practice or decision.
From youth and on into adulthood I often felt sorry for myself. When I was passed up for a job, I felt cheated. When mom did not serve fried chicken for dinner, I was disappointed. I think of the many times I focused on those types of things and failed to see what I did have, and how rich I was in Jesus Christ. I overlooked the many opportunities God had given me and how undeserving I was of His blessings.
I was raised in a Christian home and was exposed to the gospel. I heard it every Sunday even though I chose at times to doze off. Over time I learned to be grateful that the life I thought to be unfair favored me more often than it ever hurt me.
Who are we that God would send His Son for us? Who are we that we could be rich by calling upon Him? Who are we that we could come to faith by hearing the powerful truth of the word of God? We live in a country where we can turn the dial and hear the gospel preached on a daily basis. We have access to the word of God. We have the freedom to walk into a Bible-preaching church and hear the scriptures taught on any given Sunday. Many people are waiting to hear, and many who are religious have not been exposed to powerful truth of the gospel.
How about you friend? Are you grateful for the times when life does not seem fair? Are you willing to tell others when called upon to do so? Are you eager to send those who are willing to go to others who have not heard? Are you grateful for a God who is rich to all who call upon Him? May your focus be on the riches you have in your relationship with God. And may you be grateful that while life may not seem fair at times, we serve a Savior who is always fair.