I had to think about that for a while, because at first, it sounded plain arrogant. But I was putting the emphasis on the wrong word — “I.”
After studying the sentence more closely, I realized what it said. It was stating the fact that everyone had the same grace extended to him and God was no respector of persons — if anyone makes it, then all can. There is no weighing of importance or comparison of personality.
We can take courage in that. God is not going to save you and not save me or save me and not save you — He is a God of love and mercy, which extends to all mankind through the redemption of Christ. So if forgiveness is offered to one, it is offered to all.
That’s hard for mere humans to understand. We are prone to make comparisons as being worthy or unworthy — even though we are all unworthy.
Paul in talking to the Corinthians said, “For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise” (2 Corinthians 10:12 KJV).
How foolish. God looks at us as individuals, but not in competition with each other. Only He know the heart of a person — the motives, the needs, the faults and the strengths. And He gives to each what is needed to make that person what He wants him to be to fulfill his purpose.
What a comfort to know when we pray that God knows our hearts and we can just open up our innermost being without being scolded for our frailties.
The thing is not “Anything you can do, I can do better; I can do anything better than you.”
So, you can sing better than I. But a song from my heart blesses the ears of God also. Perhaps you’re better as a comforter, a prayer warrior — maybe even a cook. God places each one in a special place for a reason. We may not even know why, but surrendering to His will brings joy and fulfillment to our lives.
I know one lady who likes to sing and likes to teach, but her greatest joy is cleaning house for a shut-in, even though she, too, has physical problems.
Another has a ministry of writing letters and notes — buying stamps although her income is limited. I remember my dad who, when in evangelistic work, sold light bulbs from house to house so he could minister in the smaller churches.
Do you think any of these ever gave a thought as to who was more important or who was doing the most vital work?
Once my food processor stopped working so I took it apart to see what was wrong. Inside the gear mechanism, a tiny part was broken — the cog that made the blade rotate. That tiny part was so important, but it was not visible in the machine. Without it being in its place, the food processor was useless. But neither would it have been any good if the container had been broken.
In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul writes about the parts of the body, then said, “And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.”
You are loved. You are needed. You belong to Christ. And together, by God’s grace, we will make it “all the way home.”