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Editorial Y ou D eserve the B est ! By David H. Snyder The world uses many different tactics to sell their products. Sometimes they tell us we desperately need a particular item— it is something that we just cannot live without. Other times we are told a certain gadget will provide us with protection or it will drastically improve our lifestyle. Another method often used promotes the idea that we “deserve” the item that is available for purchase. There is a billboard along a busy highway in Chattanooga that says, “You deserve the best.” The advertisement is for a particular HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system. Do I really deserve to have that particular unit in my house? Do I deserve to own any type of HVAC system? Indeed, do I deserve to have a house in which to install a HVAC unit? It is sad to see the attitude of many today who have adopted the erroneous “I deserve it” philosophy. While the world tells us we deserve all the good things life has to offer, the Bible gives us a completely different picture. In fact, as is always the case, God's Word teaches the exact opposite of what the world promotes. The only thing you and I really deserve is an eternity in hell. As believers, we are not on our way to heaven because we deserve salvation. It is only by God's grace and mercy that we have been saved (Ephesians 2:8–9; Titus 3:5). Praise the Lord for His amazing grace and everlasting mercy! Going beyond salvation, too many Christians have embraced the “I deserve it” attitude when it comes to their service for the Lord. This goes hand-in-hand with today's “health and wealth prosperity gospel.” Those who have been deceived by this way of thinking are often not willing to consider giving their lives to missionary service. The assumption is they deserve to choose the occupation they desire. Their focus becomes a better house, better vocation, better attire, and better car—because they deserve the best. The Word of God clearly states that in order to be Jesus' disciple one must be willing to forsake everything and follow Him; otherwise, he simply cannot be His disciple (Luke 14:26–27, 33). In Matthew chapter 6, the Lord gives the proper attitude a believer should have concerning the material things of this life. Jesus said, “Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:31–33). If we are going to effectively obey the Great Commission, it is imperative that we focus on what we owe rather than what we feel we deserve. Paul understood himself to be a debtor both to the Greeks, and to the 2 BIMI WORLD Number 3, 2012 If we are going to effectively obey the Great Commission, it is imperative that we focus on what we owe rather than what we feel we deserve.