If you follow me on twitter – then you probably saw my rant this morning. But, I took sometime to breathe and more importantly pray and? I thought this would be a good subject.
Let me catch you up.
This morning, I saw a fellow instagramer post what was called a "devotional" (you'll see why I put that word in quotes). Anyways, I read it and it said: "I deserve better". Uh, wanna pass that by me again?
"I deserve better" thats all the "devotional" said. Nothing and I mean nothing on there to point anyone to Christ. Just a demand that we deserve better.
I floored by that and the fact that it was a "devotional".
Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned—
(Romans 5:12 NKJV)
No one deserves anything.
We don't deserve anything. Not a thing.
First? Where is that even implied in the bible? I searched and most of them are about how marvelous and wonderful it is and how much we don't deserve it.
Why don't we deserve heaven? Because we sin. EVERYONE sins.
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (Romans 3:23 NKJV)
With that in mind, how can anyone deserve heaven? God has made a way to get to heaven, but only if we accept it.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16, NKJV)
If God is giving us a gift…how can we deserve it?
Second, who said the Christian life is easy? Its hard and full of trials. and what are trials? Things, situations or whatever that causes hardship. Like not having anyway to pay the rent. Why does God allow these trials? To make us better.
2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. (James 1:2-4, NKJV)
We are fallen creatures. We may have a hard life. But God will always be there to help us, to provide for us – NOT because we deserve it. No. But because He loves us.
The only thing we deserve is death – but because God loves us….
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8 NKJV)