Good Afternoon Harvesters,
Sunday we finished up our this series by looking at what Jesus didn't say. He didn't say, "that you get what you deserve." Instead God has provided for us grace, mercy, compassion and forgiveness.
Eugene Peterson has stated, "Salvation is God doing for us what we cannot do for ourselves."
Our lives are full give and take for example a farmer plants and gets a harvest. A child disobeys and ends up in a time out. It is no wonder we easily become to believe that we all get what we deserve.
But there are too many holes in this logic. Maybe you have wondered, 'Did a hunger baby deserve to be born into a starving part of the world?' No, they did not earn that. And there's so much more at stake in the 'you get what's coming to you' way of thinking than socioeconomic status.
But truly, does any one of us deserve Jesus?
The answer is no. None of us on our own merit, even the most moral person on the planet doesn't deserve Jesus. And much like the criminal on the cross we have no chance to earn God's grace or acceptance from God, but we do have every chance to show Him our love, generosity, and obedience. Not as payment but as true worship to Him. And doesn't living for Jesus as worship make more sense than just adding it in as one more thing or check mark of our list?
I know it does for me. A life lived out of worship changes everything. A life lived out of gratitude and obedience is all that God is asking from us and then He does the rest.
I am so thankful for that I don't get what I deserve from God. I am thankful that His love and sacrifice through His Son has provided a way of reconciliation that no one else, not even me, could provide.
Sunday night I began a new series on 'The Carols of Christmas' We will be looking each week of Advent at a different Carol. It is time to celebrate the birth of Jesus once again and also His coming again. See you Sunday!
Harvest Community Church of the Nazarene