I gave you a land on which you had not labored, and cities which you had not built, and you have lived in them; you are eating of vineyards and olive groves which you did not plant. Now, therefore, fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. – Joshua 24:13-14
Do we deserve the gifts of God?
As his death drew near, Joshua reminded the Israelites of all that God had done for them in bringing them into and establishing them within the Promised Land. They had received:
a land on which they had not labored,
cities which they had not built, yet lived in, and
food from vineyards and groves which they did not plant … all from the hand of God.
We know, from history, that the Israelites did not deserve these gifts, because they continued to rebel and disobey the Lord well into the future. In the same way, neither do we deserve the gifts that we have received:
a salvation we have not earned,
the assurance of heaven with permanent citizenship a current reality, and
the fruit of the Spirit planted in fleshly vessels … all by God Himself.
This is grace, an abundance of gifts which we have not deserved, and it must be our worship, not only to remember but also to act in light of this unmerited favor.
Let never day nor night unhallowed pass, but still remember what the Lord hath done. – William Shakespeare
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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