Deservitude A Growing Problem

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Deservitude | A Growing Problem by Bill Fix, the People Pastor

Do you suffer from deservitude? Deservitude is a word I made up. It is a false belief that God or someone else owes us something because we deserve it. When we begin to unpack deservitude, we find repulsive forms of this sin. Prejudice and arrogance are two of them.

Deservitude is a massive problem In various cultures, businesses, organizations, people groups, families, etc. As we identify deservitude in our own lives, and we will, the correct response is to hate it enough to purge it from our life.

God is deserving of our praise, and we should be in the business of lifting high His name. We do not own or deserve anything, not even our air. Our air is a blessing from God. What a travesty when we breathe in a blessing then breathe out cursing, gossiping, bragging, rage, and lying. We should acknowledge that what God gives to us is beyond what we deserve. Our God is perfect in every way; We are not perfect.

Deservitude is similar to entitlement. We treat blessings like a benefits package we receive because of our greatness. Rethinking entitlement is a good idea. We receive so much more than we deserve. Our best response to the many accolades we receive from others is to be thankful. When praised, we should attempt to thank the praiser and defer the praise to God or the team.

It is easy to believe we deserve a promotion, raise, bonus, hand-out, or other benefits; after all, we worked hard for these things. The truth is, these are blessings. All good things come from God. As His children, He showers us with what we need and gives us abundantly more. We are stewards of what He gives to us, and we are to use our blessings to be a blessing.

We may be guilty of deservitude when we think we receive stimulus checks, bail-out money, welfare, and non-profit assistance because we deserve it. We may qualify for these things, but we do not deserve them. None of us are worthy. All of us are worthwhile. We can be a blessing to others; God gifts us to be a blessing. We should recognize and affirm each other’s talents, abilities, and gifts, but we should be careful not to think we deserve them. When we believe we are deserving, we are not being humble.

We need to identify deservitude in our lives and purge it. We should lovingly help others understand the sin of arrogance. We ought to praise God more, and we need to count our blessings. When we treat each other as created children of God, we will reap the peace and joy of God.

Published by People Pastor Dr. Bill Fix

Bill Fix loves people as he lives a fulfilling life. He has written several books and has continued to minister as "The People Pastor" since his retirement as a Lead Pastor. His most incredible thrill is witnessing people excel in their spiritual life. He was a Lead Pastor for thirty-seven years and has equipped hundreds of people to do various ministries in their church and community. Currently, he is a Director on the Board at Community Care Services and is a member of The Taylor Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force. Pastor Bill and his faithful wife Dottie recently celebrated fifty years of marriage. They have two adult daughters married to Godly men, four grandchildren, and are looking forward to being Great Grandparents. Pastor Bill and Dottie are blessed. Pastor Bill Fix began his pastoral career as a children's pastor and has written several children's books. He gives his parents credit for grounding him with principles and truths about life. He knows what good parenting is. His book New Dad Genius is for new dads. Pastor Bill and his entire family have performed illusion programs for hundreds of audiences in and outside the church as a hobby and ministry. He has used ventriloquism, puppetry, art, comedy and more to illustrate a message and put smiles on faces. The People Pastor Bill Fix has a ThD, enjoys education, and has many hobbies like writing, fishing, and spending time with family and friends. This author is a popular officiant at weddings, funerals, home dedications, and other pastoral services. He desires to be a blessing as he lives out Matthew 5:16, his life verse. His books reflect who Pastor Bill is and what he believes.

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