God and privilege

1 November 2019

Something that is discussed in various circles in Australia these days is ‘social privilege’.

For those of us who have been born in Australia, the benefits of growing up in the ‘lucky country’ would no doubt be enjoyed. For those of use who were loved by our parents and also taught the things of God by them; the benefits of such a beginning are hard to measure. Not everyone gets this kind of head start in life.

This morning as we continue tracing God’s Plan of Salvation, using the ‘Jesse Tree’, we come to the story of the Israelites entering the promised land. The key person in this story is Joshua, born of the powerful tribe of Judah, Moses’ right-hand-man, courageous warrior, leader, legend.

But this morning, we won’t be looking at his story, we’ll be looking at the story of Rahab: low social class, a prostitute, of no special family, born to the ‘wrong’ people group. And yet, she was absolutely critical for God’s Plan of Salvation. 1 Corinthians 1:27 says, ‘God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.’

All of us, regardless of our level of privilege, can be part of God’s Plan of Salvation, if we choose. Let’s choose this narrow path, and see lives impacted around us!