July 10th                      Luke 11:27 – 28          “Entitled!?”

As he said these things, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts at which you nursed!”  But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”   ESV

We live in a world where people feel entitled.

We feel we DESERVE something because of who we are or what our needs are in life.  We think that because of our economic status, skin tone, heritage or how much we have suffered we are entitled to stuff, all paid for by others.

The government has many programs defined as “Entitlements” – over 400 BILLION dollars’ worth budgeted in 2016.

We have come to expect the government or others to take care of us and provide our needs plus our wants.

If we do not get everything our way we throw a fit like a 4 year old; except a little child’s tantrum doesn’t destroy neighborhoods or cost innocent lives.

I think that if anyone had the right to being entitled to God’s best based on who she was it would be Mary, the biological Mother of Jesus.

Let’s take a look.

  1. A woman in the crowd raised her voice to bring attention and perhaps “glory” to the fleshly mother of Jesus – Mary.
    1. How rude was this lady to disrupt Jesus while He was sharing the Word of God?
    2. Most would never interrupt the Pastor preaching, yet she raises her voice to interrupt the Savior of the world.
    3. Was she wanting to recognize Mary as equal with Jesus?
    4. Was she seeking to bring attention to human beings involved in God’s plan?
    5. Was she Mary’s friend just wanting to remind Him of His mommy?
      1. They were in a village between Samaria and Jerusalem ….30 miles or less
    6. Maybe she was the beginning of the movement “Mom Lives Matter”
    7. We may never know.
  2. A few points about Mary:
    1. Mary was a regular person
    2. Mary was chosen by God for a particular purpose
    3. Mary was faithful and obedient
      1. Regardless of the cost to her or her fiancé/family
    4. Because of Mary’s faithfulness and obedience to God she is “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!” Luke 1:42
    5. Mary was no better or worse that any of us here today are before Holy God.
      1. We are all sinners – including Mary
    6. Romans 3:22 – 25 “…the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith.”  ESV
      1. Jesus also said:
        1. Mark 3:35 “For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.”
      2. Some think Mary gets a “Special Pass” or “Special treatment” when standing before God because of our human accomplishments
        1. Mary does not get a special treatment for being the human mother of Jesus
        2. She was faithful and obedient
          1. THAT is what matters
        3. Peter sais this in Acts 10:34-35
          1. ”So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality,but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.”
            1. Southern Baptist get no special favor
            2. Being a Catholic, a Methodist nor any other RELIGION gains you any special favor with God.
              1. Although being an active member of a local Christian church and properly using the gifts God has given you is necessary for obedience – doing what is right.
            3. Being part of a certain family, heritage or culture gains you no special favor.
            4. Sitting in a church pew gains no special favor – no matter how many years you have sat there.
            5. Works gain us no special favor
              1. Except in doing those works in faith and obedience to the call of God
            6. Being baptized outside the saving GRACE of God received through FAITH in JESUS CHRIST alone gains you NO special favor.
          2. There is no privilege! There is no entitlement!
        4. I fear many, many people are depending on this kind of “ENTITLEMENT SALVATION” to gain heaven.
          1. Matthew 7:21 -23 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.  On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’  And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.”  ESV
            1. No entitlement!
            2. Faith and Obedience gains God’s special favor
            3. Jesus said: “If you love me, you willkeep my commandments.”  John 14:15
            4. Grace lived through Faith and obedience in Christ
          2. Outside of faithful obedience to God’s Word there is no path to God’s Blessing
        5. YOU and I are NOT ENTITLED to Salvation or Special Favor.
          1. Grace means we GET what we DO NOT DESERVE!
          2. Mercy means that we DO NOT GET WHAT WE DO DESERVE
          3. We do not deserve or are entitled to either salvation of God’s Blessing
            1. God GIVES us these as a gift of GRACE through FAITH in CHRIST His Son.
            2. Ephesians 2:8 – 10 “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,  not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
              1. You are saved by Grace alone through Faith alone in Christ alone.
              2. Saved for God’s purpose, not selfish ones
              3. For GOOD WORKS
            3. Here is the Standard set by God:
              1. “Blessed rather are those who hear the Word of God AND keep it!”
                1. Just like Mary
                2. Just like so many others of the Word and since those Biblical days.
              2. We all have the same opportunity for receiving a blessing by God.
                1. Hear the Word of God
                  1. Preaching
                  2. Teaching
                  3. Reading
  1. Keep the Word of God
    1. Keep it close
    2. Keep it on obedience
  • Keep it in love
  1. Keep it pure and holy
    1. Do not spin, twist or corrupt the Word
  2. Hear! Do! Go!