Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Biological Entitlement: A Quick Reflection

Most of us do not wake up each morning with the thought that this day might be our last. I am going to guess that most of us live with a sense of biological entitlement. In other words, rather than think that our life will end today we assume that we will go on living for another five, ten, twenty or more years. Rather, than be in awe of the fact that we have been given another day on earth we moan and complain about all of life's difficulties. Where does this sense of entitlement come from? At its root it comes from pride and an atheistic mindset. This seems to be what James was getting at when he wrote:
"Come now, you who say, 'Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit'— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, 'If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.' As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin." (James 4:13-17)
May God deliver us from this kind of presumption in our speech and thoughts, and may we have hearts that recognize our creatureliness.

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