Carey Lewis Devotions
Monday, October 15th, 2018
Gotcha's Distractions: Entitlement
Suppose one of you has a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Will he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, 'Come along now and sit down to eat'? Won't he rather say, 'Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink'? Will he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, 'We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.'
Luke 17:7-10 (NIV)
Many 21st century American parents are living out the consequences of entitlement, which is the...

Unreasonable expectation of special treatment, like being served, pampered or favored in all requests.

Because entitled kids have a tougher time as adults. Some fail completely, when they give up--rather than grow up.

Other once-entitled kids learn how to win in the world, but they're easily offended by the smallest affront: unable to give mercy, since they never needed it... on their past pedestals of continual uplifting.

Conclusions:

1) We're not entitled to anything--not even our lives, except through the loving, tender mercy of Jesus Christ.

2) Complaining about people, places or circumstances shows we still feel entitled to more than God has allowed.

3) Are we entitled to better treatment than Jesus got? Our antidote for entitlement is humility.

4) If you spend time with entitled children who act like brats, the bitter pills they need to swallow are more frequent NO's.

## Gotcha's Distractions: Entitlement (Part 58)
NOTE: Parts 5-30 of this series are republished edits of a 2014 series called, Beautiful Like Esther. In them you may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' I have not changed this designation. Because in a greater sense, every disciple of Christ acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents, from which God expects a profit.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Gotcha! series.


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