“We have done what was our duty to do…”– Luke 17:10
The idea of God the Father is dear to the Christian heart. We can sentimentalize it so much though that our view of Him can be skewed. If we carry this view too far, God may become to us only an easy-going Father who “does not care what His children do.” What a dangerous outlook.
A preacher was said to stand at the door, greeting his congregants. A successful businessman passed by, and the preacher said, “God has been very good to you.” The businessman replied, “Yes, but I have been very good to him too.” This is a “balance sheet morality” and an attempt to place God in our debt. The Lord owes us nothing. This can be our frame of mind today, and we must guard against this attitude.
Our heavenly Father does not owe us anything, but we owe Him everything! The Christian should never feel they have earned anything from God. He is good because He is faithful, not because we are. Entitlement has no place in the believer’s life. We serve willingly with grateful hearts. For the born-again Christian, serving Christ is a privilege and a delight. Is it still that way for you?
“I delight to do Your will, O my God, and Your law is within my heart.”– Psalm 40:8