God’s Word for Today: Fair. A couple of weeks ago, we talked about unfair and how life can deal that out once in a while. As part of winner’s week, we have to address being fair. Unfair happens. Sometimes, unfair seems like way too often and in large quantities. But, fair is something we personally are in charge of. Fair is of our choosing. Being fair is a winner’s attitude.
One description of fair that is embedded in my brain for like ever, is my Grandma Effie. A good example of how she handled fair came to fruition every Christmas Eve. We would go to Grandma and Grandpa’s house for supper and opening of presents from them and our other relatives. The food was always amazing, the deserts even more incredible, fellowship was abound, and it took forever for the dishes to be washed and put away so we could gather around the Christmas tree to receive and open our presents.
It was rather ironic that each and every year, the anticipation for those few hours prior to unwrapping of gifts was almost more than a young person could handle. It was ironic because each and every year, we received the exact same gift from Grandma and Grandpa. When the moment finally arrived and I was handed my gift, I knew exactly what it was. Every year, Grandma stopped at Penny’s and bought each one of her Grandsons a new dress shirt. We all received the exact same gift. Sizes would vary, and I believe colors were probably inputted from the mothers, but we all received a shirt. There was no envy nor jealousy over another’s gift. They were all the same. It was fair.
I always felt just a smidgen of disappointment because it wasn’t a new toy. But, I also appreciated having a nice new dress shirt that would fit me for at least part of the year until the next Christmas. Once I was past that one little point of letdown, it was fun to unwrap the shirt and proceed to remove what seemed like at least five hundred pins that were holding the shirt perfectly in place with the packing cardboard. Then try the shirt on, show Grandma she had done well, and go back to whatever Christmas Eve game we were playing next. It is a very good memory. It is a memory of being fair.
Proverbs 2:9-10. Then you will understand what is right and just and fair-every good path. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to you soul.
If you get a chance today, read all of Proverbs 2. Some pretty good stuff there. Part of it talks about walking blameless and upright. Which, we all know, try as hard as we may, alone, we will always fall short. I think that is why I have a tendency to skip through the Old Testament rather quickly at times. I know I will never live up to those expectations. They almost seem unfair in their constant demands to try and be perfect.
But, our God is fair. He knew we would have a problem. He knew no matter how hard we tried, we would fall short. So, God sent his Son into this world to be the one and only one who lived a perfect life. His walking perfection was then taken by us imperfect people and put to death. Didn’t really seem fair to Jesus. As a matter of fact, when you grasp the enormity of our heinous crime of crucifying Jesus for absolutely no valid reason, you will determine how not fair, it was. We as a people were not winners on that day.
Then, Jesus cleaned house. Then, Jesus gave us all the exact same present. Jesus gave us a brand new shirt to wear. The name of this shirt is Forgiveness. You can easily unwrap it in one simple gesture of asking God for His gift. You will spend the rest of your life appreciating the removal of each and every imperfect pin that is trying to confine your life. And, on that last day, you will be wearing your new shirt to meet your God in Heaven where He has prepared a place for you.
Today, know that your new shirt is waiting for you. Maybe you received this new shirt several years ago, but have tucked it away in a drawer for a while. It probably was not the right color at the time, or maybe it just didn’t fit the life style you wanted to live. But today is a good day to get that shirt of forgiveness out. Start removing the bindings that are holding your life back. Time to start getting dressed for God’s purpose. Remember, it is not your job to judge another person’s shirt or whether they have the right to even receive one. No, God gave each and every one of us the exact same gift. You need only to worry about your gift. God is fair……….
Prayer: My dearest and fairest Heavenly Father. I thank you today for the shirt of grace you have given me. Forgive me for putting this shirt back in the farthest reaches of my closet. I realize now the gift you gave me does no good when it is kept in the dark. Help me today, to get that gift back out into your Light. Give me the strength remove the bindings that are holding me and my shirt back. I am ready to start wearing my Gift for your Glory. In the most fair Gift of Jesus, I pray. Amen.