Summary: WHEN LIFE AIN'T FAIR! (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: email@example.com)
• A surgeon, a civil engineer, and a computer software engineer were chatting.
• And the discussion rolled around to whose profession was the oldest.
• The surgeon said that his was, since in the Book of Genesis,
• God created Eve from one of Adam's ribs, and surely that involved surgery.
• The civil engineer countered by saying that before God created man,
• He created the heavens and the Earth from chaos, surely a feat of civil engineering.
• The computer software engineer just smiled and said,
• "Where do you think chaos came from?"
We live in a chaotic world, a world where life ain’t fair:
• Those words ‘It’s not fair!” So easily fall from our lips;
• ill: According to Ann Landers,
• The average teenager uses the phrase “it’s not fair”, 86 times a day!
• ill: If you put those words “When life is not fair” on an internet search engine:
• Depending which search engine you use;
• But your search will yield a staggering 97.2 million results.
Enduring unfair treatment is tough.
• All of us at some stage have been there;
• And when hard times come and we don't have the answers,
• We cry out to God about the unfairness of it all.
• But sometimes He seems silent when we so badly want Him to speak to us in our need.
• We admire people who endure pain and difficult circumstances that they don't deserve;
• But if we are honest, we just don't want to be one of them!
• In our verses this morning;
• The apostle Peter reminds his readers (and us) that “Life aint fair!”
• His good, practical advice is simple – press on!
• Unfair treatment is part of the package, part of the normal Christian life,
• Your master and Lord was not treated fairly (verses 21-25);
• So why do you (follower and servant of Christ) expect to be treated any better?
Quote: Amy Carmicheal (18-67-1951):
• She was a missionary in India for 55 years;
• Author of 35 books,
• Worked among girls who were victims of sexual-abuse, or temple prostitution.
• Help with the babies born as a result of the temple prostitution.
• On numerous occasions she faced legal charges of kidnapping,
• And often faced physical threats.
• Following a serious fall;
• She spent the last the last twenty years of her life as an invalid.
She wrote some incredible and challenging poetry, including: ‘Hast thou no scar?’
Hast thou no scar?
No hidden scar on foot, or side, or hand?
I hear thee sung as mighty in the land,
I hear them hail thy bright ascendant star,
Hast thou no scar?
Hast thou no wound?
Yet I was wounded by the archers, spend,
Leaned Me against a tree to die; and rent
By ravening beasts that compassed Me, I swooned:
Hast thou no wound?
No wound, no scar?
Yet, as the Master shall the servant be,
And, pierced are the feet that follow Me;
But thine are whole: can he have followed far
Who has no wounds nor scar?
• In these verses this morning;
• The apostle Peter uses four word-picture illustrations to encourage and help us;
• Followed by a section on ‘submission’ (that’s right submission);
• He reminds us that the Christian life is a life of submission.
(A). Christian Life: Metaphors (vs 11-12):
• There are four imaginative images contained in these two verses;
• Metaphors that describe to us that life for the Christian ‘aint fair!’
(#1). Temporary residents (vs 11a):
• N.I.V: “Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world.”
• The Message: “Friends, this world is not your home, so don't make yourselves cosy in it”
• The beginning of this letter (chapter 1 verses 1-2) informs us of the audience;
• The people that Peter was writing too.
• The list of believers mentioned were varied:
• Jewish & Gentile,
• Slave & free (some of those ‘free’ were even fully-fledged Roman citizens.
• But regardless of their official status, or origin;
• Once they put their faith in Jesus Christ,
• Peter reminds them that they became "aliens and strangers" in this temporal world.
• An American tourist once visited the 19th century Polish rabbi, Hofetz Chaim:
• The tourist was astonished to see;
• That the rabbi's home was only a simple room filled with books,
• Plus a table and a bench.
• The tourist asked, “rabbi, where is your furniture?”
• "Where is yours?" replied the rabbi.
• "Mine?" asked the puzzled American. "But I'm a visitor here. I'm only passing through.'
• "So am I,” said Hofetz Chaim, "So am I,”
• According to this book, all of us are pilgrims in this world: