I’ve done both. I have pointed my finger at situations and said, “They deserved that (good or bad) because of X-Y-Z.”
But I forget, with grace, there is no “X-Y-Z.”
“X-Y-Z” implies earned favor (or disfavor), deservedness, punishment (or reward). Grace makes its home in places where it could never be repaid. That’s what makes it grace. I don’t get to decide that.
God shows His immeasurable grace through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I do not own that grace because I could never buy it. I am a recipient of God’s grace, not the delegator. This means people I may not care for (because of my selfish heart and prideful ego) will experience God’s grace just as I have.
I started thinking about this during a recent quiet time in Matthew 20:1-15. In the first few verses it tells a parable where a master of an estate hires several servants throughout the day (some in the morning, others at noon, and still others in the evening). At the end of the workday all the servants are paid the same amount (one denarius). Those who were hired in the morning complained that they should receive more than those who only worked for a few hours. Seems fair, right?
Listen to the master’s response:
“Friend, I am doing you no wrong… Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?” – (v.13-15)
Life’s not fair. And, by all accounts, neither is the cross of Christ.
His grace is His to do with as He pleases. May I humbly accept my portion, my denarius, with thanksgiving in my heart.