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What Do You Think You Deserve?

Have you ever admitted to yourself that you don’t deserve something? In most situations and circumstances in life, we tend to tell ourselves we deserve it. Whether we say it aloud or not, our actions show this is what we think.

I deserve this new job.
I deserve a pay raise.
I deserve my family.
I deserve this house.
I deserve a new car.
I deserve these clothes.
I deserve this vacation.

You get the point. I can probably say that I have thought or said all of these things more than once in my life.

So let me ask you: Do we deserve the love of God?

For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16

Let that verse resonate and then meditate on it.

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Do I really deserve this? Absolutely not, but this is the love of God and His generosity in action.

I can go through a day, a week, or maybe even weeks and not think once about the generosity of God. I just go through the mundane of life as if everything is for me or as if I’m deserving of my blessings. I think I’m a good person and this is why I have the job I  have and the life I live. I have performed well enough and learned enough in life to deserve it all.

This cannot be farther from the truth! In fact, on our best day, we are nothing but filthy rags to Him. But God loves us so much He sent His son to save the world. He wants to use me and you to fulfill His plan by spreading the message of undeserved grace and blessing. He deserves this from us.

The highest act of love is the giving of the best gift, and if necessary, at the greatest cost, to the least deserving. That’s what God did. At the loss of His Son’s life to the totally undeserving,  God gave the best gift – the display of the glory of Christ who is the image of God.  – John Piper

Let’s teach our kids and those we encounter every day that God’s generosity far surpasses anything we deserve. Let’s recognize on a daily basis we don’t deserve God’s generosity, but He certainly deserves our daily lives to be surrendered to Him.

God wants to save the world. This means your nasty neighbor, your aggravating co-worker, your failing family member, and even your selfish self. What will you do today to glorify His generosity?

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