Jesus: the Great unEqualizer, pt 1

abraham-lincoln-bw14.jpgJesus is against equality. Not all of his followers experience an equal share of the amazing inheritance in heaven.

In heaven, some will have more fun than others. Jesus does nothing to equalize his followers in heaven; and he finds that good.

How else can you interpret passages like:

““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.” Matthew 25:15, NKJV.

and,

wheat.jpg““But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”” Matthew 13:23, NKJV.

Heaven abounds with inequality. Of course, I’m talking about heavenly REWARD–not to be confused with salvation. SALVATION makes all believers equal with one another. We’re at the same starting line.

Then, our unequal growth and responsiveness to the Lordship of Jesus makes us unequal as time goes by. And this inequality is projected into heaven, where it is magnified and made permanent. How? By the distribution of heavenly rewards.

Jesus is the great unEQualizer. We see this in other places too.

““but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” Matthew 6:20, NKJV.

“for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:11, NKJV.

“Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” James 1:12, NKJV.

““And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.’” ““Likewise he said to him, ‘You also be over five cities.’” Luke 19:17, 19, NKJV.

That’s enough for now. The fact is that in heaven, we’re unequal. Equally saved but unequally rewarded. Equally blessed, but unequally able to enjoy/experience the blessing.

bigtri_road-bike-copy.jpgThat motivates me. It’s supposed to. I picture it this way: a huge pile of gifts awaits me in heaven. By my spiritual growth on earth, I develop a capacity to enjoy and utilize those gifts–like my kids are developing a capacity to use their bikes. Right now, a ten speed bike (which is a cool gift) would be wasted on them. They have to grow into it. The blessings of heaven are the same. They’re mine, but unless I’ve grown into them, they’re wasted on me. I won’t EXPERIENCE all that God has prepared for me–all that Jesus procured for me through his atoning work.
If I fail to grow toward maturity, when I finally go to heaven and receive my final evaluation, I will hang my head in shame and embarrassment at what could have been. That alone is the source of embarrassment for Christians at the final judgment:

“And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we mayshame2.jpg have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.” 1 John 2:28, NKJV.

And… did you notice that the condition of confidence is ABIDING! Which brings us back to my previous blogs about the kingdom of God within. In the next blog, more about abiding, and the conditions of full reward in heaven.

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7 thoughts on “Jesus: the Great unEqualizer, pt 1

  1. Can’t wait to read what else you have to say about this subject! I’m imagining our “equal rights” mind-setters truly rebelling against this concept that God could be so un-equal!
    I have come to the same conclusion that rewards will be quite different in heaven for the efforts of the saints here on earth. Aren’t we to be more concerned about our Gold, Silver, and Precious Stones than the wood, hay, and stubble? I’m with you, too, in that that motivates me to want the very best in heaven! Yeah!

  2. Oh, welcome back from vacation with your precious family. We all out here in blog-land missed you – (I guess I shouldn’t speak for “all”) I missed you!

  3. Being in heaven is it’s own reward.
    ““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.” Matthew 25:15, NKJV.
    This is not talking about heaven but Jesus giving us what we need. “each according to his own ability.”
    This is plainly not talking about heaven but giving us what we can handle. We see that because they are not dead and in heaven yet. They are living and have enough to be satisfied. Each one individually. We are all unique and need unique supplies. So if Jesus gives us what we need is that equal even if we need different things?

    ““But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”” Matthew 13:23, NKJV.
    This is the same has the one above. It is not even about eternal rewards. It si about seeing results in the saved. Seeing them work and seeing how much they allow themselves to be used by God.
    I will comment on the rest of the scripture if you like.
    Sorry it took me a while to check out your page Bill. It is nice.

  4. Couple of thoughts and questions:

    “They’re mine, but unless I’ve grown into them, they’re wasted on me. “

    This is a perfect way of describing how God deals with us!

    I would stress, however, that this isn’t a fact about heaven, but simply a fact about the way God interacts with us all the time.

    My question is, is heaven the point? I don’t think so, but it seems like you are sying that it is? WOuld you comment briefly on that?

    Finally, “thanks for hanging in there with me”

    Brther, eternity is a long time,we might as well figure each other out now!

  5. blog guy and steve s……you’ve broached topics i am concurring with. i think bill is using seed and the talents given parable as heavenly references, misapplied. and steve when you said ‘is heaven the point’ whew….i agree.

    just getting to heaven is far and away different from not. i could care less about rewards there, the reward ‘is’ there. that brings to question the idea of motivation…..should we ever have as a motive, rewards? is this faithful living for the saviour any less than our concept of earthly love? do we want our mate to behave or act based on rewards? no, we just ‘do’ because of our love for the other.

    because heavenly rewards seems like such a head on a pin argument, i think to use that to say that jesus is a great unequalizer is close to… tragic…. why such a strong word? because one of the main messages of jesus was to bring into our world the concept of equality…..maybe never before had such concepts been brought forth and i doubt that the breadth and force of those concepts were extant in any notable amount before christ…… he really was turning the world upside down and his radicalness in declaring the equality of the sexes, races, classes, were going to make many people quite upset. can we even imagine what his words of ‘neither male nor female’ and his actions supporting that, would have done to the structure of society? how in a world of power makes right, this call was so radical? how appealing, and rightfully so, this was to the women of the day?

    sadly how we’ve seen, even in the christian church, the antithesis of these equalizing and radical calls from jesus, be worked out into just the opposite. the implications of jesus’s ‘equalizing’ was the erasing of boundaries, personal, spiritual (direct access to the father), and political….not political directly but implicitly, by calling on his children, members of christs kingdom, to cast away the sword, to love one’s enemies (and many other texts) ….the maintenance of political boundaries by literal swords would in theory be laid to rest, a sort of equalizing in the sense of removing barriers that stand between peoples.

    bill, i’m hoping your unequalizing theme was more for the sake of elliciting comments. but, i’m glad you have this blog.

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