Copyright 2015 by Jeff LePori
Below is a guest blog post by my friend, Jeff LePori, pictured here on his beloved Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Jeff and I go to a local prison each week to lead a Bible study. I’ve been going a year– Jeff has been going 11 years. Jeff has an awesome story of God’s amazing grace. Maybe he can share that story another time. Tonight he told me why he hates the word “deserve.” I asked if I could share his thoughts on my blog, so here it is.
I have been thinking a lot lately about the word “deserve.” Throughout the years, I have come to hate that word because as humans we think because we are good people– we don’t deserve bad things to happen in our lives. People think they deserve a good life, a nice car, a fancy house filled with nice things, health, wealth and the American dream. We don’t deserve to lose our job, to lose our house or get cancer or to lose a loved one. How wrong can we be! Next time you think you deserve something, think about this: Jesus did not deserve to be mocked and ridiculed, Jesus did not deserve to have his life threatened, Jesus did not deserve to be arrested, Jesus did not deserve to be beaten within an inch of his life, Jesus did not deserve to have to carry a heavy wooden cross through the streets, up a hill while bleeding and being spit on, Jesus did not deserve to have a crown of thorns shoved on His head, Jesus did not deserve to have spikes driven through His hands and feet. Jesus did not deserve to have a spear thrust into His side, Jesus did not deserve to die a horrible agonizing death, but He did for me and you. We don’t deserve grace but Jesus gives it to us. We deserve one thing and one thing only– “hell.” But Jesus sees it differently and I am thankful He does because I deserve nothing but am grateful for His grace, love, compassion, and forgiveness. For without Him I am nothing.