Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
I read a comment on FB about the DACA situation that said "everyone that is in this country deserves to be here" and it struck a nerve. Have we become so filled with a sense of self-worth that we think we actually deserve the things we have? I was born in the US but I know I am not more deserving to have been born here than anyone else born on that day in India, Thailand, Mexico or Syria. I am blessed with a great relationship with God through Jesus but I know I don't deserve that relationship and never will. Everything in life is grace and mercy. No matter how hard we work we can never earn what we have received. For everyone who worked hard and became a success there is someone who worked hard and didn't make it. Look at the Sports Arena. Look at all the College football players who worked hard and never made it to the Professional level though many sustained the injuries such work exposed them to. Paul writes in Ephesians 2:8: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.
If you read the scriptures you will see a pattern that God gives grace to the lowly, the humble. Jesus tells us it's harder for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven than for a camel to pass through a needle's eye.
In this Country you have an opportunity to achieve success in many ways depending on your intelligence, happenstance of birth, color of your skin, social and political connections, physical skills, etc.. Even then there are no guarantees and there shouldn't be. No one deserves success more than another.
However by constantly reminding ourselves that there but for the grace of God go I, we can put ourselves in a position to receive Grace upon Grace and be more than conquerors through Jesus Christ.