The need for fairness destroys thankfulness.
Life isn’t fair and, more importantly, grace isn’t fair. Grace has nothing to do with fairness. The most unworthy, from a human point of view, receive just as much in grace as the “worthy.” What if Hitler trusted Jesus in his last breath and ending up in the same heaven you enjoy? The thought offends our fairness gene.
Fairness is about comparison. Is everybody being treated the same?
Suppose your employer hires a less experienced employee, who does what you do, but makes more money. You aren’t grateful for your job. You hate it.
- Superiority ends gratitude.
- A sense of worthiness ends gratitude.
- Comparing ourselves with others ends gratitude.
Grace has nothing to do with comparison, worthiness, or superiority. Grace humbles the righteous and the unrighteous.
There are no categories in grace. Grace does the same for a gossip as a drug addict.
Who’s in your “bad” category?
- Porn addicts
Surprisingly, gossips are in the same list as God haters in Romans chapter one. You say, “It’s just not fair.” And that’s the point!
Recently, someone asked one of our leaders if a lesbian could come to our Church. Here’s our six word response. “We don’t put people in categories.”
One reason Christians put people in categories is it makes us feel superior.
The only thing that makes a believer different from anyone else is Jesus, nothing more, nothing less, nothing else. Humbling isn’t it?
Gratitude emerges when you realize the only difference between you and a God hater is Jesus. You don’t really believe God is impressed with you, do you?
Everyone is in the same category so
that everyone can enjoy the same grace.
Your choice is to be self-righteous and thank God you aren’t like “those sinful people.” Or, you can humbly receive grace like the rest of us.
Gratitude bubbles up when grace is humbly received.