Friday, April 20, 2012

My Fairness Doctrine!

One of the outstanding features of reading awesome books over and over again, is you notice a phrase or a thought you missed the previous times you read the book. This is why I read and reread the Bible over and over again. It's amazing what you pick up! Just today I came upon a passage in the New Testament that specifically addresses the issue of "fairness" or "income equality." Isn't it funny how the Lord brings information into your life at the most opportune moment?

"Will what is molded say to the molder, "Why have you made me thus?" Romans 9:20


"Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for beauty and another for menial use?" Romans 9:21

So we all have our purpose in life. Granted existence by our Creator, we are not guaranteed to be famous nor rich, but in America we are all created equal and your opportunities are what you make of them. Some people are called for a higher purpose, some not so much, but it is all by design. Which leads me righ to the parable of the talents...

13 “Therefore stay alert, because you do not know the day or the hour. 14 For it is like a man going on a journey, who summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them. 15 To one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The one who had received five talents went off right away and put his money to work270 and gained five more. 17 In the same way, the one who had two gained two more. 18 But the one who had received one talent went out and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money in it. 19 After a long time, the master of those slaves came and settled his accounts with them. 20 The one who had received the five talents came and brought five more, saying, ‘Sir, you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.’ 21 His master answered, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave! You have been faithful in a few things. I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 The one with the two talents also came and said, ‘Sir, you entrusted two talents to me. See, I have gained two more.’ 23 His master answered, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave! You have been faithful with a few things. I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 Then the one who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Sir, I knew that you were a hard man, harvesting where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master answered, ‘Evil and lazy slave! So you knew that I harvest where I didn’t sow and gather where I didn’t scatter? 27 Then you should have deposited my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received my money back with interest! 28 Therefore take the talent from him and give it to the one who has ten. 29 For the one who has will be given more, and he will have more than enough. But the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. 30 And throw that worthless slave into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth’” (Matthew 25:13-30)

We are given life, and our purpose is to serve our Creator. The capacity He leaves up to us, but He does have a design in mind. Are you serving your purpose? Are you using all of your talents to the best of your ability? Are you taking advantage of the opportunities God has provided for us?

God Bless!
Capt. Bill

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