Tag: Nothing

We Deserve Nothing!

Grace Gems Whiteby Grace Gems

Ralph Venning, “The Plague of Plagues!” 1669

It has been every man’s lot to come into and go out of this world naked–to show that he has no right to anything, but lives on the alms of God’s charity and grace. All that we have or hold between our birth and death–is the mere gift of God.

God might choose whether He would allow us anything or not; and when He has given–He may take back again, and none of us has cause to say anything but what Job said: “Naked I came into the world–and naked I shall return. The Lord has given–and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord!” Job 1:21

All that we have, our food and clothing and belongings–are only lent to us. Therefore, seeing that we deserve nothing–we should be content with, and thankful for anything.

“For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.” 1 Timothy 6:7-8

by Grace Gems

Without Me – Nothing

Vance Havnerby Vance Havner

Without me ye can do nothing. John 15:5

The starting point to “all things” is to learn that we are nothing. “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing” (Romans 7:18). “For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself” (Galations 6:3). What a self-deceived generation, then, is ours!

“It is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.” We do not have what it takes. Start with your nothingness – “Just as I am, without one plea” – and you are on your way to His “all things.”

Let our debts be what they may, however great or small;
As soon as we have naught to pay, our Lord forgives us all.
‘Tis perfect poverty alone that sets the soul at large;
While we can call one mite our own, we have no full discharge.

We can never be blessed until we learn that we can bring nothing to Christ but our need. “All the fitness He requireth is to feel your need of Him.”

by Vance Havner