In the world but not of it

July 16, 2010

Privilege, not entitlement…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

Lazy people irritate their employers, like vinegar to the teeth or smoke in the eyes. Proverbs 10:26

Everywhere I go these days I notice how poor customer service has become. People just don’t seem to care about the privilege of having employment. I used to think that maybe I was being too impatient, and perhaps to some extent that is true at times, but I hear so many people talking about the lack of customer service.

People often work at companies with the wrong attitude as if the employer owes them more than they accepted when they took the job. These people neglect to consider how hard the owner may have worked to build his company and how through his efforts jobs were created that made it possible for these same people to have work.

In Matthew 20:1-16, Jesus told a parable using employment and wages as a means to demonstrate the rules by which we can enter the kingdom of heaven by God’s grace. In other words, Jesus wanted us to understand that our privilege, position or power has nothing to do with entering the kingdom of heaven.

It is all by His grace and so it is with being able to get up and go to that job we often despise that we once loved. It is by His grace we have it.

Yes, we live in a world that has an attitude of entitlement not privilege and it crosses all industries from the person taking your money at the checkout line to the highest positions in the corporate world and sadly, even in some pulpits. This is why, as Christians, we have a higher calling in all areas of life. Our life is our witness.

Christ’s life is all about servant-oriented leadership. How I do my job directly impacts how the Lord can use me to reach others around me and how He can also work in my life.

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