By Jim Sim
"Deserve has nothing to do with it”.
This is a line from a movie with my favorite actor Clint Eastwood, right before he kills a corrupt sheriff who murdered his friend. The self-righteous sheriff who used his power to intimidate and run his town with impunity has finally met his match and is about to get the same type of justice that he has meted out to others; summary execution...
The idea that he doesn't deserve to die this way is of course his own opinion, borne out of arrogance and a sense of entitlement. Where have you seen that before?
In yourself, of course.
If not, then I will confess, its been in me, more than I care to admit.
It sounds like this;
‘I got the job I wanted because I have been faithful in going to church for years’
‘God has always provided for me, because I have never missed a tithe’
‘Why me God’?
There is a long list of entitled, ‘I deserve it or I don’t deserve it’ type statements and prayers. I have even prayed them and so have you.
“Why me God?’ is perhaps the most common one,
not always stated that bluntly but as an undercurrent of thinking when we face disappointments, hardships, frustrations, and unfulfilled dreams.
I have a two thoughts as to why we have this way of thinking.
1. God is just and in His image we have a built in justice monitor, that looks for things to be right. There is nothing wrong with that, it’s natural.
2. God states over and over how he responds to our good and bad with equity, impartiality, and a perfect motive. He absolutely gives what is deserved. “You reap what you sow” It’s a spiritual law.
Therefore when we see things happen that appear undeserved we get to feeling all is not right with the world. Which would be a correct and natural response. Unfortunately, my vantage point and yours is not a perfect one, so determining what is deserved or not is flawed, specially when it comes to myself;
we like to judge others by their actions but ourselves with our intentions.
So I think while John Doe doesn’t deserve certain blessings because I’ve seen him behave poorly (in my opinion of course), when I behaved that way it was from a good intention, so I deserve that he got more than him. Kind of childish isn’t it?
But we all do it.
Thankfully, while it is true that there is equity and just standards in the world, set by God ‘the rain on the righteous and unrighteous’, ‘the sun shining on the good and evil’ which means we all get a fair shake at enjoying God’s planet and resources and his the benefits of His laws, physical and spiritual, there is more than ‘deserve’ in this world. It is called inheritance.
We have all heard of families fighting in court when a parent dies and the estate is fought over, because someone didn’t get ‘what they deserved’. And it probably bothered you to hear it. It bothers me when I hear it, because no-one owns the parent’s money. It isn’t deserved, it is a gift.
God has given us an undeserved inheritance and today you can experience it in many ways, the most beautiful of which is relationship with the Holy Spirit who is a person (God himself) living in us and empowering our lives as ‘a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance’ Eph.1:14.
‘Deserve has nothing to do with it’ but God has delighted to give Himself to you, as a gift;
an inheritance which is the treasures and resources of heaven passed on to you as a provision for a future filled with everything that you will ever need. A generous blessing with no strings attached.
It is an inheritance to be received and enjoyed today. It has come to us because of what Jesus has done to bring us into the family of God through his death and resurrection. He then sent His Spirit to enrich us in ways more than we can imagine and much much more than we deserve.
If you are lacking today, or wondering ‘why me GOd’, because things haven’t worked out for you as you’d hoped, then ask your Father to unveil and reveal the extent of your inheritance that He is so happy to share with you.
“Ask and it shall be given, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you’.
It is my prayer for you "That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints," Eph.1:17-18
Peace and Freedom to you