February 7, 2021

Entitlement

I was ready to be sought out by those who did not ask, to be found by those who did not seek me. I said, “Here I am, here I am,” to a nation that did not call on my Name.
Isaiah 65:1
Nearly all humans have a sense of entitlement. Because of our citizenship or ethnic identity, because of who our parents were, how much money we've got, how well educated we are, because of the church we were baptized into, we believe that we rank ahead of someone else—often ahead of most other people. But one of the principle teachings of the Christian faith is that, in God's eyes, there's no entitlement: No human being is ranked ahead of another in the Kindom of God. Jesus was the firstborn of many, and the rest of us—his siblings—rank just behind him.

Therefore, to rid ourselves of this unchristian belief should be one of our top priorities. God shows no partiality—we're all equally imperfect and equally loved. Therefore grace remains grace; it's a free gift available to all who believe. It matters not who we are or when we found out about it, Jew or Gentile, rich or poor, early bird or latecomer, we are part of God's family.

Then the master said to the slave, ‘Go out into the roads and lanes, and compel people to come in, so that my house may be filled.
 Luke 14:23
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
When I am feeling entitled, Lord, teach me that the first shall be last in your Kindom. And when I am feeling downcast, remind me that I, too, am your beloved child; in Jesus' Name.
After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
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An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, I've served congregations in the Colombia, Puerto Rico, Europe & the US. I received a B.A. in German from the University of Louisville and learned Spanish in Bogotá. My Master of Divinity degree is from Drew University in New Jersey. I will begin my tenure as settled pastor of Pilgrim Christian Church—with dual affiliation in the UCC and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)—in late March 2019. This is my personal blog, and the opinions found herein are my own and may not reflect the views of the church I am serving.

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