Christmas Entitlement

There is something that we see every year.  Entitlement.  People who think that they deserve whatever they ask for.

Now usually we see this in kids.  In fact, I did a quick Google of this very thing and found some articles on how to deal with it.  But I want to focus on someone else.  Adults.

What do you do when adults feel entitled to whatever they ask for?

When you see it and hear it, it makes you feel uncomfortable.  A grown adult throwing a child-like temper tantrum.  The difference is, they don't use child-like language or make child-like threats like, "I'm don't like you anymore!"  Instead, you hear.  "I'm going to take you to court!"

You have to know the difference between what is a right and what is a privilege.

But as a follower of Jesus, you need to know the difference between what you deserve and what is grace.

Philippians 2:3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.

Christmas is all about what you deserve and NOT getting it.  As a sinner we deserve death.  Physical and spiritual.  But Jesus came to give us the gift of life.  Not because we deserve it.  He did it to restore His relationship with us.  We celebrate Christmas because it represents what we don't receive. 

So the next time you think about complaining about what you did get or the ugly sweater your aunt gave up - STOP!  Be thankful that someone loves you enough to give you something and that God loves you enough to NOT give you what you deserve. 

PRAY:  Thank You, Jesus, for coming to give me the gift of life.  AMEN