Posted By Aaron Marcelli on June 27, 2012
Something I have noticed in myself in the past, and something I believe many Christians possess today, is a sense of religious entitlement. Because we are Christians we think ourselves to be the ones who are in the “right.” We wouldn’t necessarily say we are better than anyone else, but we are the group that has responded correctly to God and are trying to live rightly. So, in our thinking, shouldn’t things just kind of work out for us?
We understand why the sinners of our evil world struggle but are sometimes perplexed when we go through just as difficult, if not more difficult circumstances as they. Our prayers may be somewhere along the lines of, But God, I’m doing the right thing. Shouldn’t I receive better than this? I mean, if anyone is going to have an easy and prosperous life it should be those who trust in the God who can give life and prosperity, right?
But Christianity isn’t about getting the most in life, having the best life, or having the easiest life. Often the opposite is true. The principle the Bible teaches is that we are blessed to be a blessing. So if we have lots of health, money, talent, etc. we are supposed to use that to bless others just as Jesus would if he were here. And when tough times hit and we are not immune just because we are believers, we may have less health, less money, fewer resources. But we are still supposed to use what little we have to bless others.
What distinguishes us as Christians is not that we have more because we’ve been blessed for figuring this religious thing out, but that we use what we have to live and give in a way that no one else does.
We are blessed to be a blessing.