a devotional by Justin Tahtinen
Read 2 Kings 26, Isaiah 53, Philippians 2
The entitlement mentality is taking over this culture. We often walk around thinking we are owed something; having the right to have or do anything we want…and then some. Like, if we want special treatment, well then that’s only what’s right that we get it. And what happens when we don’t get what we want? Well we whine and complain about how life isn’t fair.
In the Old Testament (2 Kings 26), Uzziah was king over Judah. He was only sixteen at the time he became king and he ruled of 52 years! In those 52 years King Uzziah had made many accomplishments with God’s help. He sought after God and had Zechariah as his mentor teaching him to fear the Lord, and because of this God made him successful.
Uzziah had an inventive mind and created new weapons. He had a massive, well trained, army, and he became famous across the land. But even though he was well known for those great things, his popularity faded and he was no longer remembered for the good he did, but rather for his downfall.
In verse 15 It says that he was famous (until he became powerful…)
Uzziah got a big head. He thought he was entitled to do whatever he wanted since he realized he was so powerful. So, when he went to God he ignored the rules God set in place for His temple. He knew it was the priest’s duty to burn incense to God but he wanted to do it himself because he felt like he should be able to, and he got angry at the priest when they tried to tell him otherwise. He felt that it was his RIGHT to what he wanted just because he was wanted to.
At that point God cursed Uzziah with Leprosy on his forehead. He was band from the temple and was forced to live in a separate home because of the disease. All the good he did that the people once knew him for was replaced with the talk of his leprosy; and that is how Judah remembered him.
In our lives, we only ever think of what we “deserve”, and the way we think we should be treated, but we fail to remember how Jesus was treated and how WE treat Him. Jesus was the only one who ever actually deserved anything, yet, though He was God, He humbled Himself to be a man, giving up His power and position to live among us and to SERVE us. He asked for no special treatment or even to be treated fairly. Jesus was wise yet He was doubted and treated like He was ignorant. He was powerful yet He was condemned for it. He came to save us from sin yet he was beaten unrecognizably and put to death for it.
Wasn’t Jesus entitled to everything (like we THINK we are) yet He denied his power to live among us, knowing we would hate Him.
Jesus’ life was the answer to the entitlement mentality.
Philippians 2:3-4 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
I think we’ve kinda hijacked the idea of what life is about; what the meaning of life is. We think it’s about what we, and others, can do to make us happy. Instead, what it should be about is how well we can serve and love God as well as other people the way He did.
We need to set aside our entitled mentality and look at a humble attitude
Read Philippians 2:1-18
– Justin Tahtinen