What You Really Deserve

What do you think you deserve? A new car? A pay raise? Maybe a godly significant other? I mean, you’ve worked hard and you try to live life to be a good person. After all that, you deserve some better stuff, right? Shouldn’t God should reward people who try  hard to honor him?

The word “deserve” is used ALL the time in today’s society. Transgenders “deserve” to have bathroom rights. Members of the LGBT communites “deserve” to have marriage rights. Americans believe that we “deserve” the freedom we have here. Society will tell you that you “deserve” the perfect life: the expensive car, the high paying job, a perfect soulmate to spend the rest of your life with. People think they “deserve” free college, a higher minimum wage, and more welfare benefits. The list goes on and on. If you’re going through something hard, a friend is likely to say “you deserve better”. I too am guilty of using this phrase. It is so common to hear people talking about how we deserve things that we all view life through this lens of entitlement.

Do we really even know what deserve means? According to Oxford dictionaries, it is to “do something or have or show qualities worthy of (a reaction which rewards or punishes as appropriate)”. When we say we deserve something, we are saying that we are worthy of whatever it is. That we did something good, so we should be able to have something good in return. There isn’t anything wrong with this kind of thinking, right?

 Wait a second.  Paul says in Romans 7:18 that ” I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out”. Paul says we cannot do any good, even if we want to. Man is unable to do good. Ecclesiastes 7:20 says “surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins”. The Bible says that no one is good, that everyone sins.

If man cannot do good, then we do not deserve anything good in return. Man can only do bad, so we deserve everything bad in return.

We deserve the worst thing ever created, and that is separation from God in an eternal hell.

The only thing that you deserve is hell.

But God, in His awesome and sacrificial grace, has given us a chance to escape what we deserve and receive something that we do not deserve.

God has given us the opportunity to repent and believe and receive eternal life with Him.

Next time you’re about to say something about yourself or someone else deserving something good, just remember that you really don’t.

If you did deserve good things, why would Jesus have had to come and die and be raised to life? If we were able to be righteous on our own, then we would already deserve heaven, and there would have been no point in Jesus coming.

Jesus had to come because God knew that we were seriously messed up and needed help bad.

As Christians, instead of praying  for nice things we think we deserve, we should instead thank God for not giving us what we deserve.

Stop saying and believing you deserve good things.

 

Recipe: The Cookie That Will Save Your Soul

This is a delicious cookie recipe that is sure to fulfill all of your theological desires. Extremely tasty, I highly recommend you try this recipe. This is the only cookie that can satisfy you. You do not have to put the icing on this cookie, but I would highly recommend hat you do so. With the icing, the cookie itself makes more sense and has a better flavor.

Difficulty: Not hard. Anyone God predestined to can make this cookie.

Time: eternity

Servings: as many as God predestined there to be

Christianity Cookie Ingredients:

3 Cups of God’s Sovereignity

2 Cups God’s Love

3 Cups God’s Word

1 Cup Jesus’ Blood (shed for the remission of sins)

1 Cup Jesus’s body, crushed

3/4 Cup Grace

2 Cups Faith (alone)

1 Dash Fallen Man

Calvinist Icing Ingredients:

5 Cups Justification

2 Cups Election

1 3/4 Cup Predestination

1 pinch John Calvin

1 tsp. each of God’s Omnipotence, Omnipresence, and Omniscience

Directions:

Stir all the cookie ingredients except the last one in a large bowl. Take the fallen man and cover it with the dough, dissolving it. Make sure to measure out everything carefully and  understand what each ingredient means. Drop dough by tablespoons full onto a 7×70 inch baking sheet and bake for eternity at 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Blend icing ingredients and spread on warm cookie, if desired.

Introduction Post

I guess with a blog I’m expected to have an introduction post, so here goes. I’m actually really not sure how to do this.

I think I already messed up because I’ve already written a post before this one so this isn’t even the first post. So is this even really an introduction post?

Please, readers, try to look past my grevious error. I am better than that, and maybe if you keep reading I’ll prove it to you.

Continuing on.

Ahem. So. This blog. This blog will be pretty good I think (is this how you do an introduction post?). It will be about theology and Calvinism and will also have some recipes thrown in the mix. I also may talk about recipes for Calvinism and how to bake cookies made of sound doctrine.

In this blog I hope that some of my insights will help you to understand certain topics better. I hope I can give you some insight and maybe some understanding. This blog is not just for you, but also for me. I will be learning right along with you!

Thanks for checking out this blog. I hope you stop by again sometime.

I hope this was an okay introduction. If not, I’m sincerely sorry, guess I don’t really know what I’m doing.

So yeah. Bye I guess.

Also, here’s this picture I found online.

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For the Eyes of Men or the Eyes of God?

“My name’s Blurryface and I care what you think

Wish we could turn back time, to the good old days
When our momma sang us to sleep but now we’re stressed out”

These are lyrics of the chorus to the song “Stressed Out” by Twenty One Pilots. Why has this song become so popular? Besides the fact that it is very catchy, “Stressed Out”is an extremely relatable song. In this song, Twenty-One Pilots write about missing their childhood. The days of not having to worry, about not having to care how others viewed them. The writer of this song, Tyler Joseph, wanted to convey insecurity and worrying about what others think as negative, even evil. This song reached the top of the billboard charts because everyone identifies  with it.

Everyone has, at some point, cared about what others have thought about them. Everyone has done something to impress another person. Most live their entire lives attempting to impress others. Why? Why do people care so much about how others view them that they will live their lives trying to feel accepted, loved, desired, envied by other people? Because God has placed in us a desire to be loved. For those who are not saved, it is a desire that will never be filled.

Stressed Out’s message is strong running theme in the Bible: if you live your life as unto men, you will always be disappointed (stressed out if you will). Ephesians 6:7 says “With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men”. Colossians 3:23 says “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men”. God hates it when people live their lives for other people and not for Him. When we seek to impress other men, we are glorifying ourselves. God’s desire  for us to glorify Him only, not ourselves. As Christians, it should be very important to us that we not bring recognition to ourselves but to God alone.

One subject Jesus brought up multiple times with the Pharisees was the problem of their desire to impress men. The Pharisees kept all the commandments and accepted only a strict interpretation of the law.  Jesus said of the Pharisees “They do all their deeds to be seen by others” (Matthew 23:5).

The Pharisees, although appearing to be perfect, were no better than the worst of sinners. Everything they did was to impress other people. They would pray in the streets so others could see them. They were not actually praying to God, they were trying to be seen as holy. Jesus taught of this that “when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” (Matthew 6:6).

The Pharisees were a lot like people in our culture today. Although they may have done tried to impress people in a different way than people do today, the Pharisees really were no different. They lived their lives to impress others, just as everyone does today.

Am I like a Pharisee? Yes. It is hard for me to say that, but I am like a Pharisee. I do things all the time that I hope will impress other people. I do care what people think. I care way too much. Like Tyler Joseph, writer of “Stressed Out”, I sometimes wish I could turn back time to the days that I couldn’t care less what people thought. But I cannot. I do not think I will ever not care what people think about me. I am a sinner. This is something that we as Christians must pray about.

We need to ask ourselves daily when faced with choices if what we’re about to do is to glorify God or to glorify ourselves. Are we posting pictures on Instagram of our Bible and a highlighter to show God how much we love Him? Or are we doing it to prove to others that we are holy and Christ-like? As Christians, we need to question ourselves and our motives daily, lest we become like the Pharisees.

“Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”(Matthew 23:12).