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Entitlement separates us from God

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I have heard the question posed, (I expect you have as well), if you were prosecuted in a court of law, for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you? It is a legitimate question.

According to the Barna research group, there is statistically no difference for divorce, and numerous other cultural and moral issues in professing Christians and the rest of society.

We know as Christ followers that we are to be a “separate” called-out people. We are to live differently than the rest of the world.

Yet we live in an entitlement society. I am entitled to a roof over my head, food on the table. I deserve a cell phone, a 52-inch color TV and air conditioning. We try in our own strength to make that a reality, but it is simply a “lie of this world.”

Without a redeeming savior to save and separate us from the rest of the world, you and I are entitled to judgment, punishment, and eternal separation from a righteous God. When we begin to understand this, we begin to understand the depth and mercy of a loving savior. Every time we see a beautiful sunset, have a good meal, or hug our child, it is an undeserved blessing, a gift from God.

I mentioned in a previous article, I was raised by my grandparents on a dairy farm. As a child I was given a job. I had to work. I didn’t want to go to the barn at 4:30 in the morning and put my head in a dirty cow’s flank and milk out whatever milk she had to contribute.

We also heated with wood. I used to say that until I was 8 years old I thought my name was “get wood.” Looking back, I am grateful for the experience. It taught me work ethic. It helped to develop my character. It made me a better man.

Is it possible that God cares more about what you are becoming than making you happy/comfortable every day? Many of us would say “I walked the aisle, I signed the card, I even got baptized. I touched base. I am good to go.”

Is that the right response to so great a salvation? Let me put it like this — if you are changing a flat tire, and a lug nut rolls into the road, and you carelessly pursue it into the path of a log truck at a high rate of speed, trust me, it will leave a mark. Coming into contact with a righteous, loving savior will have an impact. It will be a life altering experience.

Matt. 6:33 “But see first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” There is a command and a promise. Put first things first. Put your priorities in order in seeking God and seeking to do his will, and the other things will fall into place.

God know our needs. He is willing and able to supply them when we throw our cares and confidence upon him. He says, “When you seek me first ... you don’t have to worry. It is part of maturing in our faith. Do we seek God first or do we seek what I want, what’s best for me?

We have to take the time daily to absorb the majesty of God. We need a much greater sense of who he is, than focusing on the magnitude of the challenges in our lives. Tell God your troubles, what you are thinking. Ask for his help. Thank God. Let him emerge in your life.