Roles Of Love
A congregation member asked me, “where in the Bible does it say all men are created equal?” An interesting question, I realized something as I answered. The Bible doesn’t specifically say all men are created equal, at least not equal as far as the world is concerned.
Before you stone me, allow me to explain. People are created with many different talents and abilities. There are people that can excel at sports without even trying. There are those who can sing every note beautifully without ever having a lesson. There people that can draw and paint never being taught any of the principles that make beautiful artwork. Then you have men and women. There are things men do better and there are things that women do better. Peoples’ equality is not found in what one can do but in their value to God.
Galatians 3:28 tells us, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” We see in John 3:16 that God so loved the whole world; talented or not, rich or poor, healthy or sick it did not matter to Him. Where people make the mistake is they believe that because all humans have value to God that all should be able to do whatever they desire. That’s nice in theory, but not very practical in application. I would love to sing like Elvis, sometimes I try, but I assure you no matter how equal God’s love is for Elvis and me, there is no comparison in our melodies, nor will there be. In this area, we just aren’t equal.
Consider the parable of the talents as found in Matthew 25. In verses 14-15 it says, “For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey.” There are a few things I love about this parable. Firstly, I love that it uses the word talents. Now talents literally was a sum of money, but I think the principle can surely apply to our own talents, or what we bring to the table when we come to God. Secondly, in verse 15, it says that He gave “each according to his ability”. That is very important.
God has not doled out to each person equally, but He does so according to their ability. The question is not as much what can you do as it is what will you do with what you can? God has given us principles to increase what we have equally but that does not equate to what we start with or how far we will go with it. The stewardship with whatever we have is what means the most to Him.
The most important thing any person can do is just seek God and His plan for them. Jeremiah 29:11 tells us that His plan is meant to bless and prosper us so that is right where we each need to be. God has customized His plan to suit and satisfy you. Therefore there is no other person equal to the the task. Seek God and what He has for you to do. Be a good steward of what He has already given you and watch your life, your joy, and your peace multiply exponentially!
Don’t be in the bondage of the world, chasing things that don’t belong to you. Get in God’s Word and learn His principles and endeavor to put them to practice in your life. No matter where we start, God’s Word and His Spirit always take us higher. God wants you blessed but His blessing is found only in His plan. The question remains, will you choose to go?