A Fair Shake


Justice-Seeking: What's fair about "It's not fair"?


Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.

Romans 6:23

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.


"It's not fair!" How many times have we heard this from our children? Or said it ourselves? Sometimes we are right, it isn't fair. Other times we are just angry that we didn't get our own way, or get what we thought we deserved. We want a fair shake, and we want to be treated as we deserve. Or do we? Would you really like to get what you deserve all the time?

I know I am grateful when someone is kind to me and overlooks my mistake, or my sharp tongue, or my impatient action. I am grateful when I don't get what I deserve. I am especially grateful when I don't get what I deserve from God. After all, if I got what I deserve, I'd be punished for my sin and shut out of heaven forever.

But God out of his great love doesn't give us a fair shake; he gives us a gift of mercy and grace through his son Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:8) Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift (2 Corinthians 9:14-15)


How well did you listen to the story?

Q. Where did Liz get a job?
A. Big Daddy Oh's.

Q. Why was Lucille angry?
A. Because Miss Wattle lowered her grade.

Q. Who did Big Daddy Oh hire to replace Liz?
A. Scooter.

Q. What did Liz do when he found out he was fired?
A. He went on strike.

Q. Who crossed his picket line?
A. Granny and Skink.


This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.


Does God treat us as we deserve? Why or why not?


God does not treat us as we deserve. Because we are sinners we deserve to be punished. But because of Jesus' death and resurrection we are rescued from that punishment and given eternal life. (See Romans 3:23, 6:23, John 3:16, 5:24).


Have you said "yes" to Jesus? Have you told him you are sorry for your sin and that you need him to forgive you and to be the leader of your life from now on? If not, do it today. Then you won't get what you deserve, but what you need-Jesus.
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