Entitlement has become an immense enemy to ministry and the church. This enemy of Entitlement is slithering in the midst of us going unnoticed. Entitlement has infiltrated churches, ministries and organizations. From the Sunday School teacher to the Pastor, from the pew sitter to the choir member, this antagonist is not intimated to attack anyone or anything.
Entitlement is the great adversary of effective ministry. Entitlement has cloaked itself as the driving force of ambition. However, Entitlement is nothing more than a nuisance that drains ministries and empties churches. Entitlement knows no friend and is loyal to no one. As soon as you snuggle up with Entitlement it is sure to stab you in the back. Entitlement doesn’t seek to maim or simply harm, it wants to kill its prey. Entitlement has been sketched on many tombstones of deceased ministries.
What exactly is Entitlement? Entitlement is the right to a benefit, a title, an office or a right to be claimed. Entitlement is the insatiable desire to take claim of what you are owed. Entitlement is the idea that you deserve some sort of recognition, fame, promotion, or reward. There are no spiritual characteristics to Entitlement, it is devoid of anything that looks like Jesus.