We don’t often say these sorts of things out loud, but many of us live with a sense of entitlement. When life is hard, we feel it should be good. When finances are tight, we become shaken. When difficult things happen or perhaps we don’t get what we’ve always wanted, we quickly lose hope or become angry at God. So it begs the question: what does God owe you? Anything?
Life without pharmaceuticals?
What does He owe you?
It would be difficult to look the Creator of the world in the eye and tell Him that He didn’t do “good enough” or that His plan isn’t quite up to par, but that’s often how we live in response to this life.
Years ago, my husband and I memorized this passage of scripture. I can’t tell you how many times since then, we’ve recalled it’s truth:
Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Philippians 2:5-8
So what does God owe us?
Well, He allowed His very own Son to come to the world to be born a baby, gather followers so that “we” could have a relationship with God, and then that same Son would die on the cross for all of our ridiculous sins. And it was he, Jesus, who came from the right hand of the Father in heaven and took on the attitude of a servant, who has no rights or authority. A servant has no say in how his life will go and is subject only to his Master and yet, Jesus did this so that you and I could spend our hell-bent eternity instead, with God in heaven (if we surrender our lives to Him).
Is that how we live? Like servants? Aren’t you glad we’re just reading this so that we don’t have to look each other in the eye right now?
So where did we get this sense of entitlement from anyways?
Scripture shows us that it started back at the Garden of Eden when a couple was deceived into believing that they should have “more” and that deception continues to this day. It’s invaded every culture around the world and it has the same very powerful, but evil source today, as it did then. We’ve been lied to, deceived, and tricked into believing that something else will satisfy, just like Adam and Eve were. And we’ve fallen for it, just like they did. Its sole purpose is to get our eyes off the “Giver of Life”. When our focus becomes on what we “should” have or what we want, rather than on what God would have for us, we’ll always come up wanting for more. Don’t forget the thief’s three-fold purpose is to steal, kill and destroy YOU (John 10:10). How’s he doing?
Now contrast that with some names that are used in scripture for the Lord:
Jehovah Rapha-the Lord who Heals
Jehovah Jireh– the Lord will Provide
Jehovah Shalom– the Lord is Peace
Jehovah Nissi– the Lord my Banner, the Lord my Miracle
I don’t know about you, but I’d rather trust the Provider than the Thief or the one who Heals rather than the one who kills!
God doesn’t owe us anything. He’s already given us all we need for this life and the one to come. It’s ours for the taking, this abundant, flourishing, ever-lasting life, which has been paid for by Jesus. What you give in return, is your life. The question really becomes, will you take hold of all God has for you or will you too, be deceived and miss out on the many blessings that come from a life surrendered to Him?
But this is precisely what is written: God has prepared things for those who love him that no eye has seen, or ear has heard, or that haven’t crossed the mind of any human being. 1 Corinthians 2:9 (Common English Bible)