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January 17, 2013

Same Playing Field

Romans 2

2 You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. 2 Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. 3 So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? 4 Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?

Don’t we ever think for one second that we are far better than others because we do more for Christ. Let us not think highly of ourselves. Even in our seemingly righteous deeds, we know that we are as wicked as the most wicked men because we know our capacity to do sin. Also it is in light of the grace of God that we see transformation happen in us, not because of our tenacity or courage to change. Even our courage and faith to change comes from God. I cannot boast of anything except of God’s love and goodness for me.

When we look down on others because of their sin, we are just shooting ourselves on our foot because we are all guilty and in need of forgiveness and love. And when we reject the love and grace of God for us, we are to expect what the next verse says:

5 But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. 6 God “will repay each person according to what they have done.”[a]

In light of this verse, nobody deserves to receive eternal life. It is a glorious impossibility that can only be achieved through God’s intervention and grace and not on how I could rake up more heaven points to receive God’s mercy. We are all in the same level playing field. The only difference is who will respond to the grace of God.

7 To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. 8 But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. 9 There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; 10 but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 11 For God does not show favoritism.