Here are the notes from Sunday night’s Bible study! Click to the left to listen!
What’s wrong with entitlement today?
- We live in a culture of entitlement.
- This can be seen in welfare programs, retirement plans, and in the establishment of a ‘minimum wage’.
- Our society declares entitlement in every arena from personal, individual rights to being provided for in the very basic needs of life.
- I fear that this attitude of entitlement is crippling us as a society because it is forming us into a society of selfishness.
Dangers of entitlement
- Self-entitlement causes anger, envy and resentment.
- If we are to be happy with ourselves, we should not seat ourselves above everyone else or claim a certain entitlement. Else, we will always compare ourselves to others.
- Furthermore, we will begin to resent others, even those who would be great allies in life, because we demand what they choose not to give.
- Self-entitlement sets us up for failure in life.
- Those who practice a life of entitlement never learn how to work, provide for family (or for self), never gain respect from others, and certainly earn resentment for themselves.
- It seems that self-entitlement is a danger because it not only causes the self-entitled to become resentful, but it causes others to resent them.
- The self-entitled man is a leech that pulls life from society.
“Don’t be deceived: God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows he will also reap, because the one who sows to his flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit. So we must not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, we must work for the good of all, especially for those who belong to the household of faith”
- Paul speaks of a deception that causes people to believe that either their labor is in vain, or that they can benefit without labor.
- He insures his audience that people will always reap what they sow and that this idea has implications not only in this temporary world, but also into eternity.
- Those who sow according to the flesh will reap corruption.
- If we sow according to an idea of self-entitlement, we will reap resentment on this earth and will not profit in regard to eternity.
- The one who sows in the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit.
- First of all, life is found in the Spirit and not according to our flesh.
- Secondly, if life is found in the Spirit, then to have abundant life, we must practice the things of the Spirit, not of our own flesh.
- It may be the case that we need not be concerned with ourselves at all.
- We must not get tired of doing good.
- We will reap at the proper time.
- We don’t have to fear not getting our way, for God knows what is best and will give rewards according to His goodness and at the proper time.
- We must work for the good of all, not for our own benefit.
- We must especially do good for those who belong to the household of faith.
- Applied to society: A successful and thriving society will have members, all of whom work for the good of others.
- There should be no attitude of self-entitlement.
“You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.” – Abraham Lincoln