I am going to talk about my least favorite phrase in the world. I hear it often. I see it all the time on social media.
Here is an example:
Mom posts picture on Instagram. Might be a picture of herself in the mirror - looking pretty with make-up and a cute outfit on. Might be a picture of a fancy dinner plate. Might be a picture of her hand interlocked with her husband's.
Caption: Date night with my man.
Comment from follower: You deserve it, mama.
You deserve it.
The biggest lie there ever was...
Maybe I'm over-spiritualizing this and getting worked up over semantics. I know people probably don't always check themselves for theological accuracy when they say "You deserve it" on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. "You deserve it" seems like a perfectly nice and casual thing to say when a friend tells you about a promotion, a new project, or an upcoming vacation over coffee.
Maybe it's not a big deal.
But I think it is.
Because "you deserve it" is the biggest lie I tell myself on a daily basis. I don't need other people affirming the deceit I constantly battle against.
My flesh wants to lie to me and say:
You have been working hard; you deserve a break.
You are a good wife; you deserve a date.
You've been a good friend; you deserve a phone call.
You serve at church; you deserve to be recognized.
You are dedicated at school; you deserve a grant.
You are nice, friendly, and helpful; you deserve to be praised.
But all these whispers are a lie.
The truth of God is this:
"...for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" and "For the wages of sin is death." (Romans 3:23 and 6:23).
As sinners, we deserve nothing good. Nothing at all. In fact, we deserve only punishment and death.
It is a gift of God that we live and breath and have families and go on date nights and maintain friendships. These gifts are undeserved in every way fathomable. They are grace. James 1:17 says: "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights..." Every good thing is from the Lord. It can't be earned. It can't be bought. It is never deserved.
And the ultimate gift is salvation. Whether or not we are blessed with grants and vacations and coffee dates, the ultimate gift we will ever receive from Christ is himself and the promise that we will live with him forever.
So ladies, let's change our language. Let's stop spreading the lie that Satan so desperately wants us to believe. We don't deserve it. I don't deserve it. Neither do you.
Let's speak of grace and blessing and gifts from a Father who loves us. If it's date night on Instagram, praise the Father from whom all blessings flow.