“Way More Than We Ever Deserve”
Ephesians 2:4-5 NLT
But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!
As we closed out 2021 and begin 2022, I need this passage and reminder that I have way much more in my life that I will ever deserve. For so many of us, it’s easy to get caught up in the idea that since we’ve worked so hard, we deserve “this” or “that”. We often feel like people owe us something more if we work harder and harder. We feel like we should have more because working harder means we should get more, right??
I find myself getting caught up in this mindset a lot when I try to accomplish things in my life and get better with something or several things. Somehow, I convince myself that I deserve more than I have and should have more. It’s a bad mindset, especially if I’m try to become more Godly and set a good example for my family, co-workers and friends.
I know that I daily need to be reminded that I really do not deserve anything I have. God has blessed me way beyond anything I should have and has lavished so much grace, mercy and forgiveness upon me. When I get in the mindset that I’m entitled to certain things, I need His humble reminder of what He has done for me and how so little I deserve any of it. This should bring me to my knees daily in complete surrender being so thankful that I have what He has given to me.
We will NEVER fully comprehend what all He has done by going to the Cross to die for our sins. It is just beyond what we can ever understand. As we embark on this New Year, let us daily be reminded Who we serve and what all He has done and all He continues to do for us.
We should daily be brought to our knees in humility and surrender with a grateful heart for all that we have. Perhaps we need to make a list of all the blessings we have in our lives so that we can focus more on what He has done and continues to give. We all often need these visual reminders of what we do have and not focus on what we don’t have.
I want to encourage all of us to remember God’s amazing grace, mercy and forgiveness every single day and to give Him sincere thanks to keep us humble as we live in this self-centered world.
Happy New Year to everyone and be thankful daily for His abundant blessings!