The Silent Killer
Entitlement is a silent killer. It creeps in through your mind, nestles down in your heart, and slowly eats you alive from the inside. Entitlement is a virus of the soul. It puts you at odds with God. It stridently shouts at heaven, “What you have given me is insufficient. I must have more!” Entitlement prays blasphemously, “Give me today
my daily bread all that You owe me.”
Entitlement takes many forms, but it is always destructive. Shopping entitlement will impoverish you. Food entitlement will wreck your health. Emotional entitlement will ruin your relationships. Spiritual entitlement will shipwreck your faith.
We don’t recognize our entitlements for the soul-assassins that they are because we have bought into their lie.
We don’t recognize our entitlements for the soul-assassins that they are because we have bought into their lie. These murderers, after all, come from our own hearts. We are killing ourselves. We are ruining our own lives. And, being blind to the truth, we go on committing spiritual suicide with every unwise purchase, every indulgent bite, every self-centered tantrum. Our soul gasps for breath, but we press the pillow of our selfishness down upon its mouth until the unbearable spiritual twitching stops and the corpse of our soul lies still and cold. You are dying one moment of entitlement at a time.
The person you are becoming is largely determined by how often you say “Yes” or “No” to your sense of entitlement.
This is why I think The Year of No is so important. If entitlement is a virus of the soul, then self-discipline is your immune system, and self-denial is your white blood cell army. Saying “No” to your entitlements clears your head of the lie they have been telling you. Saying “No” gives you soul-strength to fight back. Saying “No” to your entitlements opens your eyes to see the grace and provision of God in your life. It’s time to kill the silent killer. The choice is simple: It’s either your soul or your entitlement. Which will you choose?