SHE does not deserve anything
My 2016 really sucked. Thank God for 365 days though, because 2017 was amazing! For many, the new year can be such a wonderful time. If your 2017 was less than exciting or joy-filled, it can feel like you have a clean slate when the clock struck midnight. If it was amazing, you probably feel rejuvenated to enter into a new year with expectancy of more blessings and laughter.
As I reflected on all the ways God turned my not so joyful 2016 into a 2017 filled with faith-fed fruit and new growth in my career and personal life, it allowed me to cherish all the things I have.
To be honest, I felt entitled to my 2017 blessings. Like “about time God, you owe me for that last year of trials and tribulations!” While giving God thanks, I often time have a pot of “I deserved this” brewing in the back of my mind.
I'm guilty of misusing the phrase "I deserve it."
I deserve a good man.
I deserve my comfortable job.
I deserve my house.
I deserve my family.
I deserve nice things.
I can become so accustomed to the many blessings in my life that the basic become my normal. My standard. I can look quite similar to a bratty child complaining in the store when I don’t get my way, because like I said...I deserve it, right?
I actually don’t deserve anything.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
If I were to be biblically honest with myself, God’s primary gift is eternal life with Him if I accept salvation. Everything else I cherish, basic needs and all, are extra through His grace and mercy alone. That means that the breath you just took isn’t a given, and neither is the next one.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus…”
However, this shouldn’t discourage you or condemn you to walk in shame or guilt for whatever things you have. Instead as we go into 2018 together, hold your heads high Kings and Queens,you should feel even more encouraged by the biblical privilege you have to be a child of God and be operating under his grace.
What privileges are you thankful for?
In what ways can you use your privilege to benefit someone else today?