When I say that I want 12 chicken wings, the man behind the counter will then ask me for £3 and after a few minutes, he’ll give me my chicken wings. I give them money and they give me good fried chicken. We have a good business relationship.
But what happens if I find out that they’ve only given me 10 chicken wings? Or what if the wings are really small? Or they still have blood on them?
I’ll go back to complain and pretty quickly down the road as there are loads of chicken shops in Shepherd’s Bush. Sammy’s has to keep his side of the relationship, which is to provide good fried chicken, and then I’ll keep my side of the relationship, which is to provide them with a little cash. When this happens we have a good relationship, if not, our relationship ends.
Is this how you treat God?
If we say to God, you do this for me – give me health, a promotion at work, more money, better relationships, whatever – then I’ll serve you completely; then we’re treating God in the same way that I treat Sammy’s Fried Chicken.
Our relationship with God should be one of love not a business deal. Why? Because it was God who loved us even when there was no chance that we could love him in return.
The Apostle Paul tells us: “God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved” Eph 2:4-5
Keep your business relationships where they belong – in the chicken shop. God is calling you into a relationship of love.