Utilizing the Equity Theory

by Matthew T. Fretwell

Directions: Read the selected Scripture from Genesis, the Summation and Task below, then in your own words, answer each question in 100 words or less. (Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equity_theory)

Follow this link to Read Genesis 27:1-37 http://www.esvstudybible.org/search?q=gen+27

Summation and Task:

Esau was the first born son (although by mere seconds or minutes), legally he was the heir to the family fortune. We read in this chapter that Esau is a great hunter; he seems to work hard for things, especially in impressing his father Isaac. It seems Jacob is viewed as not as an ambitious type when considering work habits. However, Jacob utilizes trickery and deception to gain what is not his. It becomes obvious that Esau did feel he was treated fairly and had worked harder, plus was truly obligated the position of rightful heir. Esau needed his father’s acceptance and blessing, plus he had just completed the hunting task which his father asked him to perform. In regards to the Equity theory; “individuals who perceive themselves as either under-rewarded or over-rewarded will experience distress, and that this distress leads to efforts to restore equity within the relationship,” answer the following questions.

1. It’s a good thing that God does not measure our ‘equity,’ when it comes to salvation; How might a Christian be motivated by the feeling of inequity?

2. How can a leader create a level of equity in the behavior in which they want to lead people?