My friend Jamie Munson over at Resurgence has posted an excellent article on the difference between two controlling motives in our lives. I wanted to share his table with you here, and encourage you to go read the whole post.
Humility (Phil. 2:3)
Grumbling (Phil. 2:15)
Grace: “I am a sinner who deserves death but Jesus paid the price andgave me his perfect righteousness.”
Entitlement: “I am a good person who deserves heaven—plus a comfortable, pain-free existence in the meantime.”
Jesus is enough to satisfy my life.
Jesus is not enough. I want wealth / fame / comfort / power as well.
God gives. Therefore my money is his, and I use it to glorify him.
I earn. Therefore my money is mine, and I use it however I please.
Contentment: I have enough
Covetous: I never have enough
Serve as a member of God’s family
Be served as a consumer
Work heartily for the Lord; cultivating thanks for God’s provision (Deut. 8:17; Col. 3:23)
Work begrudgingly for the man; becoming bitter and jealous against others (James 3:16)
A blessing to embrace
A burden to escape
Eternal: optimistic/hopeful (2 Cor. 4:7–9)
Time, energy, and resources go to God
Time, energy, and resources go to me
Jesus and his achievement
My abilities and my achievements
Guilt- or gain-motivated (or non-existent)