How many people with a sense of entitlement does it take to screw in a light-bulb? Why just one, of course. They stand still holding the bulb and the world revolves around them. And when the government keeps talking about cutting entitlements, I wish they’d cut people’s sense of entitlement first.
It’s sad to say, but we probably know or have had encounters with such a person. “I’m here, I’m breathing so it’s due to me.” Heck I’ve probably been that person at some point in my life. “But I deserve it! That’s not fair! How dare they do that to me!”
But now that I have Jesus living in my heart, the Holy Spirit gently reminds me to know better. Be careful what you ask for, you might just get it. Well I asked anyway. I asked Jesus to show me all the dark, ugly places in me. Even though it was painful, thankfully He did and is. Now with His daily assistance I am more likely than not to avoid such traps in the future. Being aware makes a huge difference and is something He can work with.
Defined a sense of entitlement is an unrealistic, unmerited or inappropriate expectation of favorable living conditions and favorable treatment at the hands of others.
The original poster child of entitlement was Lucifer. (a.k.a. Satan) Is. 14:12 calls him the morning star. Translated from the Hebrew Lucifer literally means Light-bearer.
John 1:1-3 states that Jesus was with God before the beginning. “Before anything else existed, there was Christ, with God. He has always been alive and is himself God. He created everything there is—nothing exists that he didn’t make. (TLB)
Some Bible scholars believe Ezek. 28:15 applies to Lucifer. “You were perfect in all you did from the day you were created until that time when wrong was found in you.”
“How far you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground—mighty though you were against the nations of the world. For you said to yourself, ‘ I will ascend to heaven and rule the angels. I will take the highest throne. I will preside on the Mount of Assembly far away in the north. I will climb to the highest heaven and be like the Most High.’” (Isa. 14:12-14 [TLB])
Jesus was with God before anything was created. Lucifer, who was created, was full of entitlement and pride and wanted to be God, not a servant of God. Jesus and God were equal, and as God’s Son, Jesus would (and does) carry out God’s will, but do nothing by himself alone. He was content to work in union with God.
Lucifer was jealous and envious of Jesus. Jesus was included in God’s plans and Lucifer was not. So Lucifer felt entitled. “I’m glorious and full of light and beautiful, so it’s due me. Why should Jesus get all the attention?” Pretty much acting like a toddler. “I want to be God. Why does Jesus always get to be God? It’s not fair!”
So Lucifer and his followers rebelled. We all know how well that worked out for him. God cast him from heaven.
Enter the rest of God’s creation in the Garden of Eden. Now God made man in His image to love. That must have just burned Lucifer. (Pun intended.) He might have thought, “ I’ll show him casting me out of heaven.” So he lied to Eve about eating the fruit from the Tree of Life. She ate and gave some to Adam who also ate. Now comes our next example of entitlement. “It’s never my fault. I was duped, tricked, blah, blah, blah. There are no consequences to my actions because I’m special/different etc.”
First Adam, “Yes, but it was the woman you gave me who brought me some and I ate it.” (Gen. 3:12 [TLB]) Adam just shifted the blame to God! It’s your fault God because if you didn’t give me that woman, it wouldn’t have happened. Pretty bold statement!
“The the Lord God asked the woman, ‘How could you do such a thing?’ ‘The serpent tricked me,’ she replied.” (Gen. 3:13 [TLB]) referring to Lucifer. And just like Lucifer being cast out of heaven, Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden of Eden. Lucifer must have been so happy. “Ha, ha, God. I sure showed you!”
Lucifer and his demons have been at war with us ever since, trying to stop God’s plans of having an intimate relationship with Him, through what Jesus did on the cross.
But spoiler alert—Lucifer can try as hard as he wants, but the battle has already been won, when Jesus became a servant and took our sins upon himself, died and rose again to stop Lucifer once and for all! (Sorry if you have not read ahead to the end of the Bible and I just spoiled it for you! But what a great ending!)
So let’s follow the example of Jesus and not the poster child of entitlement, in how we behave every single day. Because guess what? The world does not revolve around us. And we need to be on guard.
“But know this, that in the last days, perilous times will come. For men will be lovers of themselves…” (2 Tim. 3:1-2 [NKJV]) Sound familiar? Like what we are living in today?
So we need to live dropping the mic! Practice intentionally letting a mic drop to the ground as a display of bold confidence that Jesus has won the battle for us, because He did. Period.
p.s. Also I got to use minions in another post! Boom!
p.s.s. Since beginning researching and writing this, I have been getting hammered by Lucifer, and I am happy to report that frankly I’m excited about it. Because it is my hope my posts are reaching someone who needs them and will come to a stronger walk with Jesus, or come to the life saving power of Jesus, further foiling the plans of Lucifer! Amen!
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