Duty or Relationship?

In the book of Hosea we see that God is trying to bring His people back to Him.  They have been living in idolatry or what God called Harlotry, and He was judging them in order to turn them back to Him.  He begins to speak of a day when they will move from serving Him out of duty to serving Him out of relationship.

Hosea 2:16, “And it shall be, in that day, says the Lord, that you will call Me ‘My Husband’ and no longer call Me, ‘My Master’.”

Too often our life in Christ looks more like a duty instead of a relationship.  We often serve God legalistically with no hope for grace or mercy when we fall short.  We tend to portray ourselves as perfect people, we look the part of Christians who have “fulfilled their call of duty”, but on the inside, we have no joy because we fall short miserably.

Here is the power of relationship.  In a relationship, we do our best to please our friend/partner, but when we fail, it is not the end of the world because of our relationship.  If we got divorced over every argument in a marriage relationship, there would be no one married.  That is the power of relationship.  We serve one another in love and when we mess up, love covers a multitude of sins.

Too many Christians, live with too little grace.  Not enough grace for others and certainly not enough for themselves.  God wants a relationship with us.  It is His priority.  He wants to be known more as Husband than Master.  When we look at God only as a Master, we tend to serve Him with the wrong motives.  When we enter a relationship with our Husbandman, we find that because we love Him, we serve Him.  In every loving marriage there is submission.

Jesus said it this way, “No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.” (John 15:15)

How are you serving God? Serve God out of love, not duty.

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