Entitled is defined as " believing oneself to be inherently deserving of privileges or special treatment." As an educator whose worked in low income and suburban settings, I would say our greatest epidemic with this generation is entitlement. Sadly enough, this entitled mentality is not limited to children, but to adults as well. An even greater tragedy is the existence of entitlement that has consumed the church.
1 John 3:17-18 states, "But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth." Too many times I hear people say how much love they have in their hearts, but yet the minute someone backslides or reaches a low point they treat that person as if they are unworthy of their time.
To see or hear believers walk in a spirit of self-centeredness, pride, and arrogance is a disgrace to our Father who came to the world not as a King, but as a servant. Philippians 2:3-8 shows us how we should operate in humility with a spirit of servant hood. “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”
I'm amazed by how the only one who was ever truly entitled to be treated as royalty never demanded recognition or special treatment. Instead he showed us how our position as royalty positioned us to be servants. I often hear people speak as if people owe them and are obligated to treat them a certain way. I think to myself the only repayment that should be returned is to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and even he doesn't require us to live a life trying to pay him back. In fact, he receives more joy when you walk in his spirit and touch the lives of others.
Though we are joint heirs to the Kingdom of God, that does not grant us the right to sit pretty on a pedestal with an ugly attitude. Remember we actually deserve death, but it is God's grace that has given us eternal life.