“Hey! I have a right to be in this lane. Get out of my way!”
“Why is my pizza cold? I have a right to receive it hot and fresh. I paid for it.”
“Why isn’t my cable operating? I have a right to good service.”
We love to talk about rights in our culture. We feel entitled to many things. We deserve to be happy. We believe we have the right to everything from unhindered access while driving to being first in line at the grocery store to having our family the way we want them. After all, we have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Don’t we?
But do we deserve all that? To “deserve” means to be worthy, to have a claim to or be qualified for (reward or punishment), to be entitled to. It implies that we have earned this right.
What have we earned the right to experience?
The Bible says, “There is no one righteous, not even one.” Romans 3:10 and “For the wages of sin is death.” Romans 6:23a
Since we are all sinners and the wages of sin is death, what we have “earned” the right to is death. What each human being “deserves” is eternal separation from God. This truth is what makes Psalm 103:10 some of the most wonderful words ever written:
“He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.”
Praise God He does not give us what we deserve!
Why not? He is perfect and holy. He has the right to punish our sins.
Instead He chose to rescue us. He sent Jesus, His perfect Son, as a baby who would grow up, suffer and die for us as hopeless sinners. Why would He do that?
“The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love…for as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear him.” Psalm 103: 8,11
His great love gives us what we don’t deserve.
I have brief moments when I think I am good. Than in an instant I am filled with envy, jealousy, unkindness or selfishness so much that I know I don’t deserve His grace. My heart apart from Him is wicked.
Those moments help me realize that I don’t “deserve” anything but I am given grace in everything.
That He could love me in spite of knowing what my sinful heart is like overwhelms me.
Father, thank you for loving me so much you were willing to send Jesus to die for my sins. Thank you that you do not give me what I deserve. Thank you that I am free from the penalty of my sin. Nothing can compare to you! I cling to your grace. I rest in your abundant love.