Receive Blessings You Don’t Deserve
Ever heard someone say of another person God is blessing, “She really deserves it”? Or, have you ever thought, I know God will bless me because I am faithful? In other words, you feel you deserve to be blessed, to be happy, to have your prayers answered because you have been faithful. If so, you are making a costly mistake and limiting your blessings in a huge way!
Just listen to what the Scriptures have to say about how “deserving” we are of God’s favor and blessings:
“All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6 NKJV)
“What then? Are we better than they? Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin. As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.”” (Romans 3:9-12 NKJV)
Take these, and many other similar passages in the Bible, and you have to conclude the only thing you and I deserve from God is judgement. The truth is, compared to God’s faithfulness, our faithfulness is like “filthy rags.” Judged on the basis of our performamce, we deserve nothing but rejection and misery.
But thank God, in the New Covenant, we don’t get what we deserve. We get what Jesus deserves!
“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (II Corinthians 5:21 NKJV)
“But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.”” (I Corinthians 1:30-31 NKJV)
Wow, Child of God, do you know what this means? You get to partake of all the favor and blessings Jesus deserves because of His perfect obedience and total submission to the Father in all things. You get to enjoy the blessings of a completely Righteous Man, even though your own works are far from perfect. Instead of the curse you deserve, you get the blessings you don’t deserve in Jesus.
Now, here is how you apply this truth. Stop glorying in your own works, stop relying on your own faithfulness! Such glorying will actually hinder you from walking in the blessings Jesus deserved on your behalf. Instead of looking to your faithfulness, start looking to His as the Source of all the Father’s favor and blessings.
“As it is written, ‘He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.'”
U are an inspiration, as I feel too I don’t deserve his blessings but yet I am blessed with his kindness and goodness. I have faith in something good and we have many names for him.. I feel I don’t deserve his mercy cuz I am not a perfect human being but I do empathize and love people.. (at times) but truly am respectful but don’t care for myself.. does it really matter that I do hurt and often hate myself but is willing to go beyond for someone else.. even a stranger? But I have enough sense to know who I empathize for cuz there are bad people in this world, more bad than good. But if u don’t love yourself then u can’t love anyone else!! Not true.. I may not love myself as much but I do love other people more then me. What does that make me?? Evil?? There are some of us who battle with our inner self but still care. So .. what is there to do?
Thanks for your comment. To be honest, none of us “deserve” his blessings. He blesses us not because of what we deserve, but because of Jesus. That’s what Grace is all about. When we put our faith in Jesus, and his finished work on the cross, God no longer sees our shortcomings, He sees us through the lens of his Son. Forgiven, cleansed, fully loved!
Trying to be “perfect” in our own strength only leads to failure and frustration, because we cannot. What we need to do each day is depend on the Jesus through the Holy Spirit for the strength to live a holy life.
You mentioned that you may not love yourself that much, why is that? Is it ok if we continue this discussion through email?