God Owes Me Nothing
“Power corrupts,” observed Lord Acton. Even minor clerks and municipal functionaries enjoy their petty ability to make people wait, to follow their official routines and procedures. They seem to enjoy the power to issue their summons and tickets and levy their fines.
Just as bad is the sense of entitlement that you find everywhere. People think the world owes them a living. People also think that God owes them a better life.
A military officer once approached Jesus to intercede for a valued member of his military staff who was suffering terribly and was paralyzed. But even though the officer was used to issuing orders, he came without attitude and without demands on Jesus’ energy or time. “The centurion replied, ‘Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed’” (Matthew 8:8).
I love this man’s humble spirit, and I love his total confidence in Jesus’ kindness and power. When I pray to the Lord, this is how I want to sound. Can your prayer life use some of this humility therapy?
We all have doubts and uncertainties about many things, and with those comes a tension between trusting God and also taking personal responsibility. It’s from wanting a childlike faith but needing to be a grown-up Christian.
We can trust God and take responsibility for our choices and actions at the same time. In this book, the author encourages you to think deeply about what it means to trust God and at the same time use the gifts and blessings that he has given you to act according to his will.
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