Ever been upset, because you didn’t get what you deserved?
I worked hard, I deserved a promotion.
I sacrificed my 20’s to raise my kids, I should be able to chillax now.
I apologized to my friend, I deserve some grace.
I remained focused when others were distracted, I deserve to get my prize.
Lately, I have been thinking this way. I have been going over, everything I have given up and put on hold for my business, my kids, my family or even friends who I have spent hours giving advice and guidance to.
I think of the sacrifices I have made when it comes to time, money and resources.
Sometimes I think… all that.. and for what?
They don’t appreciate…
I still don’t have….
What do I have to show…
If only I would have…
Others don’t understand…
My flesh, and yours, wants to throw a fit when things seem unfair. We believe good people should win and bad people should lose. We believe you reap what you sow. We believe what goes around comes around- and when that doesn’t happen, we get mad and stomp our feet ( or is that just me?🤔)
This is the trap of delusional self-righteousness.
I’ve been a loyal wife
I’ve been a good friend
I’ve been an honest employee
I’ve been a loving parent
And what do I get in return? Ungrateful kids, disrespect from coworkers, unloving family members and your list can go on and on- right? (You fill in your blank)
What gives? Don’t we deserve better?
Paul says: there is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one (Romans 3:10-12); and the wages of sin is death. (Romans 6:23)
Self- Righteousness and self pity have no place in our lives. I got a backhanded slap from God today!
The woe is me, I deserve better, things are unfair attitude is a way I have inflated my own goodness.
I don’t deserve the reminder God gave me today. I don’t deserve his enlightenment showing me where I have been fleshly driven. I don’t deserve the opportunity to repent, I don’t deserve to be cleansed of my sins. I don’t deserve peace and I don’t deserve his abundant grace and mercy.
But he gives it to me anyway!
The one thing in life that I truly DON’T deserve… I got anyway when Jesus gave his life for me.
The truth is we should thank God, we don’t actually get what we deserve.
Our life is for Him, we must stop making it about us.