Why must we suffer?The Holy Spirit, through Paul, 'strengthened and encouraged ...
God’s Covenant, big and small print'Jesus came to save sinners': that is the message of His inc...
Haiti. Who is to blame, God or voodoo?The earth quake catastrophe in Haiti immediately brings to m...
Copyright 2007 TheBook.co.za
Beauty, brains and brawn (is God fair that some people do not make the grade?
|Created by Gerard de Vos|
Category: Faith related
Beauty, brains and brawn -
can we choose how we are born?
She is gorgeous, a blond of fame;
he a hunk - everybody knows his name.
The other woman is passible in a crowd;
and the acclaim for her nerdy husband is never loud.
One is clever and witty, and fancied by the press;
and the other (well to be honest), is more of a mess.
“Nobody is perfect, but some are nearer!”, is an old saying. In this life it works like that, but in God’s kingdom this statement is devoid of truth. How does God, a righteous Ruler, ensure that no one who wants to become part of his kingdom, is given preferential treatment? (Many people do not have the opportunity to be somebody’s favorite, and they would detest it if God has favorites.)
But God is totally fair, because his benefits are not acquired by either beauty, brains, brawn or money. Salvation from God is a gift. It is received by faith (faith is free) in Jesus Christ (who was given by God to man as Savior). To live the christian life one needs to be filled and led by the Holy Spirit (this doesn’t cost money). What the Holy Spirit really does is one of God’s miracles. The Holy Spirit equalizes men who were not naturally born equal. When it comes to spiritual things every one has an equal opportunity and base to start from. For example, one person has a very high IQ. Obviously that person will be able to understand the Bible very quickly, in comparison to a person who is less intelligent. But intelligence does not determine a person’s understanding of the Bible. No believer can understand the Gospel without the help of the Holy Spirit. One can almost say that the Holy Spirit accepts the responsibility to help each interested person to understand the message. He even takes responsibility to train and teach each individual (that is, if the Christian makes the Holy Spirit the centre of his/her attention).
But of course the Gospel is not for understanding only. The big test lies in the doing. In this, the believer is also dependent on the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit. So the clever, strong, talented person is no better off than the more inferior one. Both achieve spiritual status and develop by dependence on the Holy Spirit. That is why it is imperative that the believer knows that he/she is filled with the Spirit, and that the Holy Spirit wants to help each one of God’s children.
So ... what about the woman who is not as endowed as a cover girl? (This of course makes for about 95% of the world’s feminine population!) What does God say about that? In Psalm 139:13,14 the following wonderful words are written: “For you (God) created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful.” One can almost say that God, as the Creator, takes responsibility for His creation of people. He knows how He has made them: fat or thin, short or tall, good or plain looking, or in whatever shape and size and with whatever variety, and He says, “It is okay; I have planned everything”. This is stated in verse 16: “All the days ordained for me were written in your (God’s) book before one of them came to be”.
Lesson: We are all different. We may think some people are advantaged because of some external or internal qualities. But it is a delusion, a lie of the devil. God knows all people personally. He takes everything into account. He has given us the Holy Spirit to ‘equalize’ every one. We can relax about our looks, our talents, our strengths or weaknesses, and with happy abandon ask the Holy Spirit to lead and energize us. God never creates ‘factory rejects’ and He has no favorites.