Jim Lewis

Our author of this month's blog is Jim Lewis of Troy, PA. He is married to Maggie Lewis and together they have two teenage girls.. The are both elders in our church and have servants hearts. Jim writes for the Canton Independent Sentinel weekly on behalf of Lighthouse. We are blessed to have his insight and knowledge here at Lighthouse. 

Are we entitled?

Are you familiar with the line from JFK’s inaugural speech, “And so, my fellow Americans - ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country?”  It not only inspires patriotism, but is a foundation for unity and a strong nation, good stuff, right?  Too bad so many of us don’t take it more to heart and apply it to our lives, (ouch).  Over the years, as our government has grown, more and more social programs have been installed to the point that a large part of the population looks to it for financial or other support.  Hey, I understand that there is a need for help, but when did it go from helping the needy to, “I’m entitled?”  Has it become, “Ask not what you can do for your country, but what your country can do for you?”  Will a nation with this philosophy stand?
You know, the Kingdom of God works in similar ways.  He is the ultimate authority, and everything, is filtered through Him.  Do you believe that?  In fact, everything we have, from the planet, our lives on down to our smallest possession are only because He says so.   For from him and through him and for him are all things.” Rom. 11:36.  He has given us so many good things, yes?  Almost to the point where we take Him for granted, (bigger ouch!).  Do we feel that God owes us because we have been good and/or done some good things, paid our taxes, so to speak?  Do we feel, “entitled” just because we exist?  After all, He created us, He should take care of us, right?  Well, maybe not…
We were created for God, God does not exist for us.  Does God love us?  Did He give us all this so that we might have an abundant life?  You bet!  The problem is that sometimes we figure that He should answer to us, rather than the other way around, (biggest ouch).  We cannot say, “I want things my way and ask You to bless it.”, much less expect it.  So if we are to live for Him and expect His blessings, what does He want?  Micah put it this way in chapter 6, He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.  And what does the Lord require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”  Of course there is much more to it than that, but it begins by putting God and His desires for our lives first, not mine.  Is it worth it?
No brainer, of course it is.  God loves us and WANTS to bless us, but how can we expect good things through pride,disobedience, apathy or unbelief?  A good parent does not reward his children for these things and God is a really good parent!  So is it, “Ask not what God can do for you?” or “Ask what you can do for God?”  Something to think about…