Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Do we have rights?

Today everyone speaks of their 'rights'.  "Its my right to do this or say that or receive this or demand that."  Someone once said to me that when we give our lives to Jesus, we give up our 'rights'.  So, if we have the attitude that we don't have 'rights', we won't think more highly of ourselves than we sometimes do.  The whole world today is geared more and more to 'the rights of the individual'.  Its not a biblical world view at all.

So what does the bible say?

Gal 6 v 3:  For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.

Rom 12 v 3(a):  As God's messenger, I give each of you this warning:  Be honest in your estimate of yourselves.

Prov 15 v 33:  Fear of the Lord teaches a person to be wise; humility precedes honour.
At this point I'd like to suggest that the opposite is also true - if we honour ourselves we will be humbled!

Just brag about how good you are at something and see what happens!

James 4 v 10:  When you bow down before the Lord and admit your dependence on Him, He will lift you up and give you honour.

Humility is an expression of our dependence on God, for His guidance; and an acknowledgement of Him as our creator and Saviour.  To be independent (self-reliant) shows we think more highly of ourselves than we should and this will ultimately lead to some form of humbling.  Demanding our 'rights' tells others we think our circumstances or our time, or whatever, is more important than theirs.  And honestly, we don't like it in others, but still do the same things ourselves.  I tend to express my 'rights' in the traffic a lot.  Sometimes when I eventually get to the front of a queue I express my 'rights' to get better service etc, but in reality I'm coming across as insensitive and self important.  I don't like it when I see someone else behaving like that!

I leave you with this verse,
1 Sam 66 v 2:  I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at My word.

I may have gotten the attention I demanded in the queue but I received no blessing for it!  Thats for sure!  I am realizing more and more, I'd rather have God's blessing any day over my 'rights'.

My encouragement to you is to consider yourself as not having 'rights' in this world and you will find that you won't be in a place where you might be humiliated, rather you are more likely to be blessed and raised up as God blesses you in your humility.

God bless


  1. Too right!.....get it?
    Was great seeing you at the parking lot today.

  2. Beautifully written Tracy! More of Him, less of me! Resting in His beautiful grace!

  3. Hi, Tracy, and thanks for leaving a comment on my blog!

    I've enjoyed getting acquainted with you and your blog this afternoon. Today's blog post reminds me of a book someone gave me entitled, "Have We No Rights?" and the answer is, of course, "no." It was a startling discovery for me, but so true. I love the verse you have at the top of your right column, Matthew 6 v 33 -- Seek first His kingdom.... Amen! Mark 12:30-31 is right up there among my favorites, too.

    Thanks for your inspiring blog posts!


  4. Hi Tracy! Thanx for coming by my blog and leaving a sweet comment, I love those so much! I really like your "Blog Goals", that is a great idea to help prevent getting off your original desire to start a blog. Good stuff!



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