Monday: 17th September, 2018
Reference text: Luke 7:1-10
Luke 7:4,5 And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this: For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue.
To cause people to work harder, there is often a reward scheme in place; something like work=merit. Therefore, for those who seek recognition or desire to be promoted in that kind of work environment, the option available to them is to work harder so they get to that point where no one can say to them ‘you do not deserve to be where you are.
When the Jewish leaders walked up to Jesus to make a case for the centurion, what they had to offer was the argument: ‘he is worthy enough for you to honour his request’. Their reason for saying so hinged on the singular fact that having facilitated the building of a synagogue for their nation, he had shown his love. Thus, at least he ‘deserved’ that his request be granted.
We can also try to go to God with similar cases of deserving whatever we ask Him because we have been true disciples and citizens of his Kingdom. In fact, some can dare to blow their own trumpet with confidence and say to God ‘you ought to be proud of us’.
Beloved, children of the kingdom do not need to prove that they have grown to the point of ‘deserving’ or earning anything with God.
My dear, if what could get us an audience with our father in heaven, much less provoke Him enough to give us anything, was our ability to ‘work to the point of deserving’; then many will really never make it into his presence. God however, grants us the opportunity to always come into his presence with boldness not because we have earned or are in any position to earn it, but because He has freely gives us all things.
Remember # you cannot earn everything.