After an exceptionally busy and productive week, we usually want to reward ourselves for a job well done. 

When I was still in the workplace, after a difficult project had been completed, my colleagues and I would head to the beauty salon or go shopping or spend a leisurely time in the spa where we would enjoy a relaxing soak in the jacuzzi and a good massage. 
I deserve it!  I would declare.   

Indeed, emerging from a big accomplishment, I had always felt a reward was in order. 

God's grace works differently.

We deserve nothing yet God provides everything. What He does for us is never a reward for good behavior, for we can never reach His glorious standard—it’s pure grace.
Jesus died for us when we were yet sinners and deserved nothing less than severe punishment. He said in Luke 5:32, "I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent." 

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