I have worked hard.
I have more than paid my dues.
I’ve planned and struggled and persevered.
I can feel like I’ve earned it – everything. I deserve it.
But what I have really earned from our perfect and holy God is eternal separation from him. My rebellion, sins and lack of consistency deserve condemnation by my Father God. And you aren’t off the hook, either. We share this tendency to sin and rebel, don’t we.
A re-enactment of Sodom and Gomorrah – that’s what we deserve.
But that’s not what God offers us. He offers us salvation through this son, Jesus. He offers us an unwarranted gift of grace and mercy. He offers us unconditional love for today and unconditional love for all of eternity.
As I trust in Jesus to lead me through my life here on earth, I receive peace and joy and strength and purpose. I am so undeserving of all of this.
In Deuteronomy 6, we read the list of things God was planning to give to the Israelites –
cities they did not build,
homes filled with good things they did not provide,
wells they had not dug,
vineyards they did not plant.
The list was long.
And Moses went on to tell the Israelites ‘when you eat and are satisfied, be careful you do not forget the Lord.’
I have a very long list of things that God has given me. I know you also have a long list.
Let us be humbled by how undeserving we are.
Let us not forget our Father God who gives us everything we have.
The best and most important thing he gave us was Jesus – our salvation and our role-model for life here on earth.
Thank you, Abba Father.