My friend, may I ask you a question? What do we really deserve? Apart from the love and grace of God, the Bible tells us that we deserve only punishment and damnation. Deserve this or that thing? On what grounds?
My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
“You deserve a break today . . . ,” so the jingle went! The TV was asking me to buy something to eat. And, “Well, don’t you think that you deserve it anyway?” Now it was telling me that I was a fool if I didn’t go and pamper myself with the car that already had “my name on it.” Take a little test tonight. Watch television for about an hour. Pay particular attention to the commercials. It doesn’t matter if it is cable, satellite or network programming; simply look for the similarities among almost all of them? I did this the other night and was stunned by the results. If you watch and listen closely, you will find that nearly every commercial break in the programming is all about you, you deserving something that other people already have and you’re the fool for not already having it. Whether it is a brighter smile or more satisfying sex, there’s a product out there with your name on it. You need to spend your money and get that product because, well, you “deserve it.”
The desire to have because we deserve has been around for a very long time. Jesus dealt with it in his ministry as did Clarence Macartney, who writes: “I thought of that saying of Jesus when a man came to see me about a woman–his sister, who was a member of my congregation–and demanded that I should use my pastoral office to compel her to divide the inheritance with him. When I declined to do so, on the same grounds which Christ took in similar circumstances, the man said as he went out, ‘If there is a hell, she will go there!’ But when I heard those words and saw the look on his face I thought to myself, wherever his sister may go in the next world, this man already is in hell. And what put him there was the fact the he was thinking of this world only, and that to lose everything.’” (Macartney’s Illustrations, page 79)
What do we really deserve? Apart from the love and grace of God, the Bible tells us that we deserve only punishment and damnation. Deserve this or that thing? On what grounds? I no more deserve a MacDonald’s hamburger than I do a Lexus convertible. Simply, apart from God’s grace, I have no right to demand or feel a right to, anything outside of hell. When we fall for the Madison Avenue line that we have a right to eat this, wear that or drive in that, we fall for the oldest trick in the book; the same one Satan pulled on Eve with a simple apple. Take stock of the number of times that you are told through TV and other media how you deserve this or that. When you begin to number these you’ll begin to under- stand how little you really deserve. Perhaps the better commercial might be this, “Want a living hell? Think about your- self today and nobody else. We guarantee the result. You’ll get what you deserve!”
We pray. Father, it is Your will that we do not lay up material treasures on earth for ourselves, where moth and rust can destroy and where thieves can break in and steal; but lay up treasures in heaven for ourselves, where neither moth nor rust can destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal. Your word states that our lives do not consist in the abundance of the things we possess: therefore, we will beware of covetousness. The one who lays up treasure for himself is not rich towards You. Where our treasure is, our heart will be also. Lord, we confess that life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. Lord, we confess that we will not trust in uncertain riches but we will trust in You, the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. We confess that we will be a church that will continue to do good works and we will be ready to give and be willing to share. In Jesus Name! Amen.
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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