It seems to be that very often I hear the phrase “You deserve it!” It is almost always in conjunction with some self gratifying decision, though at times it can be used with an accommodation by someone else to the individual.
I: “Just booked a vacation to Hawaii!” A- “You deserve it”
I: “So grateful to everyone who voted me most popular person” A- “You deserve it”
I: “Bought myself those new boots I wanted” A- “You deserve it”
Lets just look at this from a Biblical standpoint:
Romans 3:23 says: “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”
That means that everyone DESERVES hell. We deserve to be eternally separated from God – not new shoes, not a vacation, not awards and accolades. It is a serious pet peeve of mine to hear or see that phrase – you deserve it. My amazing friends who mean very well have all received the same response when they use that phrase with me. Yesterday when a dear friend said I deserved a bouquet of flowers I was given I replied, “I deserve hell but by the Grace of God I got flowers.”
I seriously believe this. We all deserve to go to hell because we can not measure up to the perfect holiness that is God and His standard. It is only through the grace and mercy, by the sacrifice of death, that Jesus Christ gave that I am able to have or be anything at all. It is ONLY through Him that I exist. It is only through Him that I have the gifts, talents and abilities to use on this earth. It is only through Him that I am able to be reconciled to God and live eternally in paradise.
I DON’T deserve anything I have, and I have a lot. I have 4 beautiful and amazing children. I have a home, a closet with ample clothes and a fridge filled with food (when I get to the grocery store and back). I have family and friends. I have business and ministry, and much much more!!
I have the opportunity to love others on this earth as He has loved me. It’s sad how often I fail at this so badly.
Yes my friends I do deserve something and I have worked hard for it – I deserve hell,
By the Grace of God I am never going there.
Thank you Jesus. I am and will be eternally grateful to you.