I find it extremely trying to battle the societal standards of entitlement, which fly directly in the face of my Christian walk. The world speaks of absolute ownership, a “right” or “claim” to one’s time and actions, opinions and standards. I struggle mightily to shift my perspective consistantly to that of scripture, to forget myself, to leave my self seeking attitude, and yet my humanity and culture shouts so loud against such efforts!
What makes it all the more trying, is that within the prayers towards these efforts, I know that God shall work to sanctify me, and that only comes through facing these trials and circumstances. I have been put in more and more situations in which I am tempted to let my society override my calling. To let my surroundings override my devotion to this holy discipline. How it should be our ceaseless prayer to lose ourselves in the servant-hood mentality!
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.” - Romans 12:1