Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows (James 1:17, NIV).
If you raise children or watch the news like I do, then you are probably all too familiar with the unprecedented sense of entitlement held by many of the younger generation and the underprivileged in our twenty first century American society. Many people feel they are entitled to the same kinds of privileges and material comforts that we have earned through the investment of our time and effort.
These days, for instance, a graduating senior may think he is entitled to a car, computer, or other expensive gift because he “worked hard and deserves it.” What about the parents who worked even harder to make sure these kids graduate?
Those of us who labor for every penny we earn shudder to think how our tax dollars are being spent to support the social abuse system we know as welfare. Certainly, there are times when people need assistance, but to freely dole out dollars without holding the recipient accountable for getting a job within a specified amount of time, or failing to withhold assistance from those who are known drug users or prone to repeatedly produce children out of wedlock, is reprehensible and irresponsible. When will it stop?
As Christians, we should give thanks to God for the many blessings to which we are entitled simply because we are his children. We are entitled to claim and receive the promises of his Word. We are entitled to believe by faith that God is who he says he is and that he will do what he says he will do. Grace and mercy are his gifts to us, undeserved but ones to which we are entitled if we walk in obedience to his Word.
Just as we don’t like being taken for granted by those we love, live, and work with, God doesn’t like to be taken advantage of either. He is entitled to all the thanks, praise, dominion, and glory due his great Name. Rather than exercise our sense of entitlement for the things of this world because "we work hard and deserve it," let us give all thanks and praise to the One whose great blessings and provision we enjoy because of his great love for us!
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