Admitting What We Deserve

By Bonnie Upton

   Among other bits of joy on my refrigerator door is this thought from Our Daily Bread: “Don't grumble if you don't get what you want.  Be thankful you don't get what you deserve.”

   It is easy to grumble.  We have plenty of examples to follow and we often get plenty of practice.  Being thankful requires discipline.  If we think about it, what do we deserve?

   God's Word says: “There is none righteous, no not one...For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God...and the wages of sin is death.”  (Romans 3:10, 23 & 6:23) This describes me and all people.  Obviously, we do not deserve what God provides.  Romans 5:8 declares the good news, “But God demonstrates His love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  And John 1:12 promises, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.”

   I have received Him; He is mine and I am His; I have the right to be called a child of God.  I did not earn this right and I certainly do not deserve it, but it is mine as I trust what Jesus said.  Praise God!  Can you think of any better reason to be thankful?