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Is God Unfair?
Some people have been Christians for as long as they can remember, having come to faith in Christ at an early age. They have worshiped God and served Jesus in His kingdom their whole lives. Others don;t come to faith in Christ until later in life. But both receive salvation, full and free. If I serve the Lord for decades and someone comes to Jesus on his deathbed, why should he get to heaven just as surely as I do? Because salvation is all a gift of grace. I am not owed anything, and the fact that I came to know Jesus at an early age is a blessing and not anything I deserved.
If we insist on fairness with God, we may just get what we deserve. I'm so glad I don't! I deserve eternal condemnation for my crimes against a Holy God who loved me enough to give His Son for me. That He would spare me and punish Him instead is indeed gloriously unfair! Praise God!
[NOTE: Some people who believe in a "socialist" Jesus see this parable as teaching socialism, where different amounts of work are all paid the same. But Jesus is making a point about God's grace in salvation, not about labor and economics.]
Prayer Based on Psalm 47:
We praise You, O God!
We shout to You with loud songs of joy!
Let us not hold back or be timid in our praise of You.
For You, O Lord, the Most High, are to be feared,
a great King over all the earth.
You have subdued our enemies under us,
and nations under our the Gospel, carried into the world by our feet.
You chose our heritage for us,
Your people, whom You love.
You are victorious, O God!
Jesus ascended to heaven and to the throne with a shout of victory,
the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.
We sing praises to You, our God. We sing praises!
We sing praises to You, our King. We sing praises!
For You, our God, are the King of all the earth;
so we sing Your praises with a psalm!
You, our God, reign over the nations;
You sit on his holy throne until the day when
The princes of the peoples gather
as the people of the God of Abraham.
You are gathering Your people from among every tribe, tongue, people and nation.
For the shields of the earth belong to You, our God;
You are highly exalted!