Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Last Fall I went to a Girl's Gone Wise conference and have been reading this book off and on for the last 6 or 8 months. I have been so challenged in my thinking about who I am as a woman, what my role is, and how I should be living my life so that I can glorify God in all that I do. Then this morning I started chapter 15...the title...Entitlement Her Insistence on Gratification. I have only read the introduction to this chapter and am brought to tears as I realize how easy it is to feel entitled to things here in America. She starts the chapter off by listing woman after woman who has been persecuted and even killed for her faith in Christ. Not 200 years ago but women who are being persecuted TODAY! In America we have the privilege to live the Christian Life without fear of too much persecution so we become complacent and feel like the world owes us something. As I start this chapter I was struck with the thought that the only thing we are entitled to is this: "the wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23). That is what we are "entitled" to...death! We are not entitled to have a comfortable American life without persecution or hardship. We are entitled to death! But because God sent his Son to die in our place "the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:23) It is a gift not something we earn or deserve. How precious is that thought.
I want to live my life not as though I am entitled to anything but that through the grace that has been given to me I get to deny myself and take up my cross daily and follow HIM (Luke 9:23). May I live my life as a wise woman who forfeits gratification instead of the wild woman who demands it.