The Way of The Cross is the End of Entitlement
August 18, 2012 21 Comments
You cannot grow to mature faith faith if you embrace an entitlement mentality. They are at odds, incompatible. Faith puts others ahead of yourself even at your own expense. Entitlement puts self first at the expense of others. Faith says you don’t deserve this. Entitlement say you do. Faith is the way of the cross where even divinity surrenders their rights. Entitlement says rights are to be greedily clung to in a desperate and unending search to take more and more. Faith gives and gives. Entitlement takes and takes. Faith satisfies. Entitlement makes you discontent with what you have.
Jesus knew equality with God was not something to be grasped. The rest of us from Adam and Eve to you and me today are told by Satan that equality with God can and should be grasped. King Jesus didn’t use his royal lineage to lord it over people. He didn’t play by the good ole boy rules of letting the king be the king like David taking Bathsheba, Solomon and his wives or countless other kings of Israel and their idols. The way of Christ is the way of the cross and the only way to embrace it is to put aside all your entitlements, even your own “right to life”. That is why Jesus tells a man to not go and bury his father but to come now and follow him. Another man wants to sell a field…well, both of those men had the freedom to do so and every right to do those things but Jesus calls him to come and follow instead. If we choose Christ it comes to the exclusion of our entitlements.