How many people believe that a person chooses the venue of their birth? That would entail that somehow a person born in poverty or any adverse position would have made that choice prior to being born? How many of you would blame people for being born in adverse positions in life? As ironic as that might sound there are people who look down on poor people as though they were the cause of their birth condition. How many of you who claim to be believers in God think that the venue of one’s birth is fair and equal to everyone alike? Well, if God is only good and people are born in situations that are not good for them personally, what is that telling us? Before you attempt to put words into my mouth about what I think, please allow me to tell you what I believe.
I believe that God is ultimately in charge of all the living souls that He created and blew the breath of life into their mortal bodies. I believe that life has a very important function in the eternal journey of a living soul and that the momentary time we spend in the flesh is but a fraction of the soul’s complete journey. When I say “a fraction,” there is no comparison between a single lifetime and eternity without an ending. I believe that God knows the complete journey of each soul so with His divine foreknowledge He assigns the venue of our births in the most appropriate position to nurture them for their eternal journey. Individually we are allowed to experience situations and circumstances that will help us mature as spirit beings. Therefore the venue of our births in mortal bodies has a lot to do with what our Creator is working on in our eternal souls.
Even though to mortal eyes it may appear to be unfair or injustice at play, we do not see what God sees or know what God knows. We have no idea what a living soul has to go through in order to achieve the completion of God’s spiritual maturity. Therefore as we speculate using our logic and reasoning, it may not feel fair to those who are born poor, many of whom will die as poor as they were born. That is because no one knows the mind of the Lord God who formed the earth and established everything about life and being. He says to His people: “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3
Consider also what Christ stated in the parable of the workers in the vineyard. “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.” Matthew 20:16… Read verses 1-16 to get the full meaning of this passage. Do not read this as mere words but try to gleam into what the Spirit may be revealing to those who seek the truth. In the broader sense, God actually puts those who need much in a position where they might gain much. When a person is born with lack they have to learn how to do so many things just to sustain a life without the luxury of conveniences. When you are given much there is little that one needs to learn because everything is given to them. A single lifetime is not even a drop in the bucket of eternity, but what the soul gains from these experiences are immeasurable.
We see things through physical eyes… not through God’s eternal eyes. We see things in worldly comparisons, which could be the opposite of what God is working on. Therefore when Christ made this statement it was not about mere workers in a vineyard but more about eternal souls and the work that must be done on them. He spoke more about this in the Beatitudes addressing the meek, poor, mournful and the like. Forget the words printed on paper that some consider sacred, but get outside of your mortal mind so you can hear what the Spirit of God might be revealing.
Yes, God is completely fair, just, decent and in every way righteous and holy. The problem is not in how God takes care of His business, but in how we determine what we would otherwise hope for. We can think, as we like, feel, as we like and, act as we like, but that does not alter God in taking care of His souls or in the manner that He chooses to do it. Even though I allow myself to dream or speculate what it might be like to be born into wealthy circumstances enjoying all the pleasures this world offers, in the bottom of my heart I know me and I know that having unlimited access to goodies would without a doubt corrupt my soul, even more than I have done with meager opportunities.
Yes, my body cries out and desires things of this world but my soul knows better because the Spirit that lives in this body is wiser than this mortal mind my body uses. Ultimately no matter what I choose to think or believe… I relent to Almighty God and trust He knows what is best for this immortal soul that He created. Therefore I welcome, however reluctantly, being near the bottom end rather than being on the top in this realm. I relish being last, down here because of what it teaches me and how it prepares me for the next phase where I can become first. This temporary phase shall not define my eternal soul no matter what I do, say, or even think. I trust in Father God rather than this corrupted human mind that compels me to think otherwise.
As you look at the venue of your birth try to imagine what God might be working on in you. If you are first in line here upon earth… there are things to learn from that vantage position as well. But, also know that it is that much harder to learn the things of God if others give everything to you. Use your great blessings and feed the poor, lift up those who are suffering or otherwise, become a beacon of light shining through the darkness so your fellow man can find their way. Though Scripture tells us that it is harder for a rich man to enter into heaven than it is for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, it did not say that it is impossible for them to do so.
Our Creator God assigns the venues of our birth, and only He can reveal to the created the assignments they are to fulfill during this passage. Everything that God allows has a very distinct reason and purpose. If you have doubts about yours ask God. “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” Jer.33:3