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Devotional Thought : Psalm 99:4

October 20, 2017

The King is mighty, he loves justice—you have established equity; in Jacob you have done what is just and right. Psalm 99:4

God loves justice and establishes equity. God’s people are equal in status, but not in abilities and giftings.

We have the opportunity to become God’s child by responding to the invitation that God extends to all. “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12). However, some hear the gospel many times over the course of their life, while others may not hear it at all. Nevertheless, we know that God loves justice and he will do what is right. He will reward each one according to their response to the knowledge that was available to them.

Likewise, when it comes to giftings, these aren’t distributed equally. Paul writes about this (1 Corinthians 12) and summarises by saying, “All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines” (1 Corinthians 12:11). It’s God who chooses our gifts.

Immediately following this, Paul talks about the body of Christ and explains how we all have a part to play. God likes variety and wants his children to learn to work together, learning acceptance, patience and tolerance. This is why he hasn’t gifted all his children in the same way or to the same extent. This can cause friction and we’re advised not to compare ourselves with others. “Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else” (Galatians 6:4).

We aren’t all equally gifted, but we do have equal standing with one another before God.

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

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