That's Not Fair!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

that's not fair!
"My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness."
2 Corinthians 12:9 (The Message)

Life is unfair. The well known adage, "There are only two things certain in life - death and taxes" sums it all up. At this moment I find myself humming the words to the old song, "I beg your pardon, I never promised you a rose garden!" Many spend their life trying to make sense of life's unfairness with human logic or reasoning. I am not going to attempt to address questions about why life is the way it is here. Instead, I want to take a look at the flip-side of unfairness that we never look at. When we look at life from this other perspective it changes everything. It doesn't answer all our questions or make life seem more fair but it will open your eyes to see life from the perspective of Jesus.

Yes, life is unfair, but so is grace. The whole concept that we are saved by grace alone and nothing else is a complete travesty of justice. But that is a good thing! Think about it for a moment. We are guilty of sin, yet God removes our guilt and its penalty from us simply because Jesus died on a cross for us. Here is where the real unfairness lies with grace. The Bible teaches that we were all born guilty of sin simply because Adam sinned. That's unfair! The problem is that when we focus on that alone, we completely miss the beauty of how God turns that unfairness around with another unfairness. The catch is that it takes faith to accept this unfairness. Since we are guilty because of what the one man, Adam, did, God makes us innocent because of what the one man, Jesus, did. That's not fair either, but I am so thankful that God doesn't play fair! Are you beginning to understand the beauty of unfairness? Let it sink in a moment.

Yes, life is horribly unfair at times. There are days when it all just doesn't make sense. That is where faith comes in. You have to focus your faith in the right place. You can focus on life's unfairness, or you can choose instead to focus on the beauty of the unfairness of God's grace. When you make that the focus of your daily life, everything changes. That is why we can say that God is good all the time. I love the song, "Your Grace Is Enough" by Chris Tomlin. Watch the video clip below and celebrate God's unfair grace today.

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