Some may question why such a loving God can make the poor struggle to make ends meet while the fat cats just get fatter. Why bad things happen to good people and good things happen to bad people.
Matthew 5:45 says, “He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” God lets good and bad happen because this is a fallen world. Some may say that the good have worked their tails off to stay good and they get no return, but Isaiah 64:6 says, “all our righteous acts are like filthy rags” the good may have stayed good, but what is good compared to God’s perfection?
A man dies and goes to heaven. St. Peter meets him at the Pearly Gates and says, ‘Here’s how it works. You need 100 points to make it into heaven. You tell me all the good things you’ve done, and I give you a certain number of points for each item, depending on how good it was. When you reach 100 points, you get in.’
‘Okay,’ the man says, ‘I was married to the same woman for 50 years and never cheated on her, even in my heart.’
‘That’s wonderful,’ says St. Peter, ‘that’s worth two points!’
‘Two points?!’ he says. ‘Well, I attended church all my life and supported its ministry with my tithe and service.’
‘Terrific!’ says St. Peter. ‘That’s certainly worth a point.’
‘One point!?!! I started a soup kitchen in my city and worked in a shelter for homeless veterans.’
‘Fantastic, that’s good for two more points,’ he says.
‘Two points!?!!’ Exasperated, the man cries. ‘At this rate the only way I’ll get into heaven is by the grace of God!’
‘Bingo! 100 points! Come on in!’
God is fair, not by earthly standards, but by heavenly standards. Romans 2:11 says, “For God does not show favoritism.” Someone can be a rapist, an adulterer, an embezzler and God will still forgive that person and let him into heaven if the person believes in God, because Jesus died for everyone. Others of you may be thinking, ‘Really? Someone like that God rewards?’ Romans 3:23 says, “for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” Our works do not get us into heaven or hell.
Jesus actually said what our required work is in John 6:28 & 29. Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Jesus answered, “The work of God is this:” can you see the crowd leaning in wondering what it is, tithe more, pray more, study more? Sly is this scheme of Satan. Rather than lead us away from grace, he causes us to question grace or to earn it … and in the end we never even know it. “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”
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God is fair, the only thing we need to do is to believe, that can be done when you are five, twenty-five, or ninety-five, just make sure you don’t do it too late. God made His salvation open to anyone and everyone because He is fair. People long for fairness, when we reflect God, who is fair, people will only want more of Him.
Do not judge the outside of a person, but give everyone a fair chance, because everyone was created in God’s image and He loves us equally so we should do the same.