I am going to include an excerpt from today’s lesson in Taste for Truth.
“Do you ever feel like you deserve at least one little out-of-the-boundary treat? I do. It’s hard to break free from entitlement eating because we hear the message everywhere we go: You shouldn’t have to suffer. You deserve the good life. This philosophy encourages us to eat in a couple of different ways. First, we feel we have a right to eat good food when it’s available. And second, we feel we have a right to live the life we’ve always dreamed of living. When life fails to live up to our unrealistic expectations for it, we eat to console ourselves. If we can’t get the good life, we can at least get a good treat! Our best–and maybe only–hope for breaking free from entitlement eating is to give up this whole idea of entitlement. We do that by getting a biblical perspective of life.”
I totally agree with this. Not just about eating, but life in general.
35 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.”
36 “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.
37 They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.”
38 “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said. “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?”
39 “We can,” they answered.
Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with, 40 but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared.”
41 When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John. 42 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 43 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:35-45 NIV
James and John wanted to sit at Jesus’ right and left in glory. They felt entitled to that position. Jesus wanted them to be servants.
”Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matthew 22:36-39 NIV
This is how we have come to know love: He laid down His life for us. We should also lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has this world’s goods and sees his brother in need but closes his eyes to his need—how can God’s love reside in him? Little children, we must not love with word or speech, but with truth and action. I John3:16-18 NIV
Going through Taste for Truth by Barb Raveling
Jesus wants us to be servants as well. We do this by loving our neighbors, helping those in need, being the hands and feet of Jesus. That definitely stands opposite of living life with a sense of entitlement. What I deserve is death. I am not entitled to anything. I am so thankful that I didn’t get what I deserve! I need to remember what Jesus said to James and John the next time I lament about deserving something… even a donut!