Monday, June 23, 2014

Getting What We Deserve

By Allen White

Those hired at five o'clock came up and were each given a dollar. When those who were hired first saw that, they assumed they would get far more. But they got the same, each of them one dollar. Taking the dollar, they groused angrily to the manager, 'These last workers put in only one easy hour, and you just made them equal to us, who slaved all day under a scorching sun.' Matthew 20:9-12 (MSG)

Life isn’t fair, especially when it comes to grace. We can certainly be thankful for that. We don’t want fairness when it comes to sin, punishment and grace. We want grace. “Unmerited” or undeserved favor is the only thing that will pull us out of the ditch of sin and lostness.

But, what about those who are saved later in life? What about those who claim to be saved, but continue sinning? Should they receive the same favor as those who never stray?

When we take our eyes off of serving God, we begin to feel that we are deserving of what God gives us. This is trite, but it’s true: deserving is de-serving. Our heart and our motivation are in the wrong place. We should be thankful for every life that is turned around and every bit of grace that God gives.

When have you felt like God’s work has been unfair? Take a minute right now to thank God for His grace and thank Him for being unfair. After all, He gave every believer a huge break.

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