Transactional Entitlement

We will be disappointed with God if we view our relationship with him in transactional terms.

We renounced our worldly ways and became a reborn believer. We live more righteously than most. Our theology is doctrinally sound. We tithe regularly.

God should, therefore, reward us with personal success, safety, and satisfaction. At the very least, he should minimize our suffering.

This sense of entitlement is unjustified.

Through the death of Jesus, God paid the ultimate price so that we could enjoy eternity with him in heaven. We appropriate this benefit by merely confessing our sinfulness to him and asking Jesus to be our personal Savior.

Expecting God to make life easy, because we bothered to accept his gift of salvation and now—by his grace—live somewhat righteously, evidences a selfish perspective that emanates from an incorrect view of him and ourselves.

Our relationship with God is not a matter of negotiation or persuasion.

We cannot bargain with him because we have nothing worthwhile to exchange for his blessings. We cannot entice him with a promise of obedience because he knows that we are thoroughly unrighteous.

All we can do is ask God to bless us as he desires and trust that his sovereign response to our request will draw us nearer to him and ultimately produce the outcome he deems best, an appraisal we can trust.