Ok, first off, don’t run out and quit your job. What I refer to is not being God’s worker!………. Wait! Before you get mad, hear me out. Doing works for God is good, but being God’s employee, not so much. Just as being Gods servant to good, but being his slave goes against everything he has taught us. God wants us to be his children, not his employee or slave.
“Yet the Israelites will be like the sand on the seashore, which cannot be measured or counted. In the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ they will be called ‘children of the living God.’
There are so many places in the Bible that calls us “The Children of God“. yet too many times we get to where we are putting in our time to get the “Spiritual Paycheck”. Our motives have to be like a child to its father, full of love, and only doing this to show that love.
When you are an employee you can be promoted, down sized, or even fired. As a Child your status will not change. There is nothing better than a child of God to be promoted to. You can’t be less of his child. And you can’t be fired from being his child.
38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
When we are a slave, we have no choice in what we do. You do what your told or you are beaten or killed. With God you have complete free will. He has laid down some ground rules, but if you chose not to follow those rules he will not stop you. But, as with everything else, we know the consequences of not following his rules, and they are sever. However, as a slave you would not be able to do anything you wanted for any length of time, let alone a life time. God does not want blind followers, he want children who desperately long for his love and approval.
So how do we go about not becoming an employee or slave? This is a hard one, because it is so easy to slip into either of these. Here are a few points to steer you away from them:
1 – Do things willingly, not out of obligation.
1 Corinthians 13:3
If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
2 Corinthians 9:7
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
If you give 10% in tithing but complain about, or not complain but want to, there is no reason to do it to begin with. If some one gave you something at Christmas and you knew they really didn’t want to give you anything, how would you fee? Since God knows every thought you have, you can’t reluctantly give him something without him knowing. Slaves give but hate that they have to. Employees give but wish they didn’t have to. Give because you want to show him you love him, and anything he could use of yours would delight you. So if it is 10% this week, 20% next, and then 1% the following week, as long as it is true joyful giving, it will be blessed. For $1 given joyfully is better than $1 million given grudgingly.
2 – Do things without Recognition
[ Giving to the Needy ] “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Don’t do things for a paycheck. When he seek recognition, that is our reward, nothing more. It’s like doing a full days work for a sandwich, when if we took the whole days pay, we could buy lots of food. It’s hard to give something to someone, and have them talk about how great it was, all the while not letting them know you did it. However, if we have done the first step, and given to them as a way of giving it to God, then we know God is the provider and not us. So, why would we want to take credit for what God has done?
3 – Don’t become a Sunday morning Christian
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.
Don’t just give in one area, “Oh, I’ve put in my hour this morning, now I’m good for the week.” It sounds bad when we say it, but far too many people practice this week in and week out. You can’t just go to church. You can’t just tithe. You can’t just teach a class. You have to live his will everyday. I’m not saying be perfect, no one can do that. But we have to try to be better for him everyday. You will find you will slowly start knocking off those bad habits one by one. Too many time in our jobs we hear, “That’s not my job.” but in God’s plan we are all to help in any way we can. If you follow the first two this will come naturally. The last thing we want is to go to church just to say we went. If it doesn’t bring you closer to God, then you are doing something wrong.
4 – Don’t lose your passion
1 Corinthians 12:31
Now eagerly desire the greater gifts. [ Love Is Indispensable ] And yet I will show you the most excellent way.
Pray for us. We are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way.
Passion is a strong desire to have or do something. It’s impossible to succeed in the first three points without passion. However, as you do those three things your passion will grow. To have passion for something is to go out of your way for it. Just like you’ll drive a block or two out of your way for your favorite coffee shop or restaurant. When we help an elderly woman across the street when she is going the same way as us is good, but crossing a busy street and helping her in the opposite direction takes passion for helping people. See the difference? You can do a lot of good for people, but you can do a lot better if you have passion. That passion will bring you closer to God, and the closer you get the more intense the passion gets. If you are running low on passion, I would suggest reading one of the gospels. This should fuel the passion at least enough to get you started, then keep going with it. Think about the last time you talk to someone about his word. When you were done, you were almost disappointed that it was over, weren’t you? And for a moment you couldn’t wait to get more of the word so you can talk about it more. It’s not that I can read your thoughts, it’s the fact that we are closer to God when we are in his word, and you can’t help but crave that closeness.
Your Challenge This Week: Be his child
Try to do at least one thing that falls into each of these points, even if it’s small. Remember, by his design, we are his children, that’s why we call him father not master or boss.