One of the things I sense I need to guard myself against--and I would encourage you to take personal inventory of--is entitlement. We are an entitlement culture. We have our 'rights'. We are protected by the law. This comes at us over and over again, in all sorts of ways.
So, this morning I read about Paul's rantings in 2 Corinthians 11, where he goes into a somewhat defensive mode. I'm sure you've read this portion: ..."I have been whipped times without number...Five different times the Jewish leaders gave me thirty-nine lashes."
Wow--where is entitlement in that scenario? How would I react if I were beaten with a rod thirty-nine times because I preach Jesus Christ? About a month ago, I stood on our city hall steps in St Thomas and preached about Jesus--with a microphone! No boos. No beatings. No challenges. No jail time. Nothing! As a matter of fact--the crowd was quite civil and supportive.
Paul--we know from the Acts narrative--had a worship session after one such beating. He wasn't signing a petition. He didn't contact a lawyer. He didn't rant on Facebook---he worshipped.
Is there a message here for me today?
Is there a message here for you today?
Where am I nursing my feeling of entitlement?
Where am I quick to fight--and stand up for my rights--rather than taking it on the chin for Jesus?