Today’s Thoughts… You deserve what?
By Pastor Lee Hemen
February 20, 2012
Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave– just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:25-28 NIV)
“I deserve this” is probably one of the most ungodly phrases a Christian can utter. It is the antithesis of just about everything Jesus taught, lived and died for. Yet we find it creeping into the theological and casual conversation of believers. Evangelicals have readily been sold a bill of theological goods concerning what they do deserve. Some think that God was so lonely that he created mankind for fellowship. This is so patently false, as to boarder on being heretical. If God who is completely holy, loving, all powerful, all knowing, and all present would lack anything is laughable. God is complete in of himself and needs nothing or no one else to make himself complete, that notion is a human concept based on our insecurity.
What then do we “deserve,” if anything? We deserve birth because God knew us before we were born and gave us this tremendous gift of life. (Psalm 139:13-16) Life is sacred. We deserve death because this is not only the ultimate outcome of our life it is also the ultimate outcome of our sinful nature. (Romans 3:10 & 6:23) And what we therefore do in-between those goal posts of birth and death relates what we believe. (Matthew 7:16-23) We deserve eternity because we are eternal beings. We will exist for eternity with our Creator or we will exist eternally separated from his presence. We therefore have a choice on how we will spend eternity. (John 3:16-18)
Jesus willingly gave his life that we might live. If Jesus willingly did that for us, shouldn’t we want to live our lives as Jesus would want us to? You know, “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life!” Paul said it best when he wrote, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20 NIV)
Now, dear child of God, what do you really deserve?
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.
Pastor Lee Hemen has been the outspoken pastor of the same church for 25 years in Vancouver, WA. He writes regularly on spirituality and conservative causes and maintains several web blogs. This article is copyrighted © 2012 by Lee Hemen and is the sole property of Lee Hemen, and may not be used unless you quote the entire article and have my permission.