Equality is a big deal in our country.  And for good reason.  Everyone should be entitled to the same rights and opportunities as anyone else.  The motto for college where I work is “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth.”  You may have also heard this idea in the book of Acts, specifically Acts 17:26.  This school was on the forefront of interracial education and made great strides for racial equality.  And all of these endeavors were founded upon Biblical principles.

However, I believe that some Christians today miss the big picture of equality.  Within the church, we often think of being equal as God loving us equally or even blessing us equally.  We get frustrated when others are more blessed financially than us.  We get angry when God seems to test us more than others.  We can’t help but wonder why God does not seem to love us as much as others sometimes.

We have such a warped view of reality.  We live too much in the moment.  Our perspective of God’s plan is so limited that we forget that He is working on a final product of which we are only getting to see the individual brush strokes.  God’s plan for us is bigger than today, this year, or even this decade. 

It is impossible to completely understand God’s perspective.  However, the Bible is very clear that creation is much bigger than our individual struggles.  God does love us.  God does want to bless us and He wants us to experience unthinkable joy.

The primary roadblock in our misunderstanding of spiritual equality is our inability to seriously consider eternity.  Eternity is forever.  With our focus being on there here and now, we completely miss the fact that our lives on earth will one day be but a blip on the radar of our eternal existence. 

Am I saying that our lives here don’t matter?  Absolutely not.  Our work here is very important and obviously has eternal implications for ourselves and others.  Every day, every interaction, every situation is vital in our mission to grow God’s kingdom on earth.

However, to complain or even spend time being frustrated about our struggles is not only a waste of time, but it displays a lack of understanding of who God is and what He wants for us.  God does love us all equally and His shower of blessings over the course of forever will reflect that.  But for now, our job is to not focus on ourselves but to be as big of a blessing as we can during our short time here.  We need to focus on our work in fulfilling the great commission and to leave the equity to God. 

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