She spoke how pagans would perform their duties to get something from their gods: protection, prosperity, and blessing. How often do we live life like the pagans and try to do our good work for God so we get something from him. We get to the point where we believe that we because we go to church, we faithfully pray, we love God, we serve God, we have memorized our Bible, etc., so He owes us by keeping the crisis’s of life away from us. I think we all have fallen into this trap. I remember catching myself with those thoughts when I had moved my family to Montana to serve God. In return, He should make sure things go smoothly for me to reward me for my sacrifice. In reality, missionaries die on the field after surrendering all for God, pastor’s families still endure struggles, mature Christians still endure heartbreak!
When we serve God to get something from him the focus is on us: not on God! It is a form of manipulation! We can see it in our prayers! God please do this for me because I do this for you! God if you will do this for me then I will do this for you! That kind of deal making works in all of our relationships except for our relationship with God. It has to be about Him and Him only!
Jesus answered, “It is written ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only”
Notice it does not say, serve God and yourself!