I just read a post from somebody on Facebook that illustrates what seems to be a common problem among millennials. We try, but we’re just too narcissistic to say anything worth talking about, especially when it comes to theology.
The post was all about how you “Deserve” success, and not to let anybody tell you differently. If you’re not successful it’s quite possible you’re blocking it with your negative energy, but don’t let it fool you. God wants you to be successful. You deserve it.
There are two major problems with this. The most obvious is that we don’t deserve anything but death. That’s it. We’re lowly sinners, and the reason we have good things at all is because God lets us have them. We have the chance to enter Heaven not because we deserve it, but because God took the burden of our sins on Him. Far from inflating our self-worth we should all be profoundly thankful that God loves us enough to save us from the fires of Hell.
Deserve success? Since when did God promise us that?
The more subtle problem is that it’s not true that God “wants us” to be successful. This sounds like something that SHOULD be true, but it’s not, at least not by traditional standards of success. God wants us to know, love, and serve Him, and to love one another as He has loved us. He doesn’t “want” us to be successful. God might allow us to become successful, but we should remember that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to reach the Kingdom of Heaven. Worldly pleasures are not always good things.
If we come to accept God’s offer of mercy, then we will get more “success” then we ever dreamed possible. But if we look to God because we want success, and not forgiveness, then we get nothing.
Just like we deserve.