Who’s the Boss? Examining Your Relationship With God 7/9/2021
I write this in hopes of bringing simple clarity to what our relationship to God should be. So many times I have heard that we must serve the Lord. In all the other religions of the world, the human intuitively believes that their god is their boss, their employer if you will and that they are the employee, the busy worker. These people are merely slaves to their god, doing the work and hoping for something in return. One could hardly blame the subordinate human for this belief. It only seems natural for a God to be the employer and the human to be the employee.
In Christianity and Judaism, God created us to work for us. Our role is to simply wait upon the Lord for His benefits, gifts, and grace. Isaiah 64:4 reads ….Men have not heard nor perceived by the ear, nor has the eye seen any God besides you, Who acts for the one who waits for Him. So what is this waiting Isaiah speaks about? It is a hoping and confident trust in God to work His blessings in His time, at the right time. It is not trying to force God’s hand as though we are entitled or that He owes us something. In Acts 17:25, it is written; “Nor is He worshipped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything since He gives to all life, breath and all things. If God was hungry, He surely wouldn’t tell us.
Why does that turn out to be so revolutionary in the history of human religions? It is an intuition of man to be as an employee of God the employer and we are to work for Him. That makes Him our boss and that seems right. Isaiah turns this around and makes God the employee and man the employer and boss and we all know that we are not the boss of God. So it is natural when humans begin to develop their own religion and create a God in their own image, he comes out looking like every other culture’s conception and not the God of the Hebrew bible. God’s purpose is to pour out His free grace to people who will simply trust in Him and give Him their loyalty. At first, David’s prophet Nathan tells David in 2 Samuel 7 to move forward with his plans to build a temple in Jerusalem but God quickly tells Nathan to put David off from his plan. “Would you build me a house to live in? Have I ever asked for such a house?” And in 2 Samuel 7:11 it is written; “Also the Lord tells you that He will make you a house.”
This brings us back to this intuitive objection we had earlier; if God intends to be the worker in this relationship, and we are the people employing His services, does that make God His creature’s employee. How can this be? We ordinarily think of the employer as the employee’s boss. Shouldn’t we work for God? This brings us to a new question. Is there an employee who can also be called the “Boss”? The answer is yes. There are some employees we hire to “boss” us around, to give us wise counsel for us to obey that is going to be to our benefit. This is why we hire lawyers, counselors, teachers, or doctors. We hire these people to call the shots even though we pay them, even though they work for us, they are the ‘Boss’. These relationships we would not ordinarily call “employee/employer” relationships, rather we would call these “patron/client” relationships. The word “Patron” means to parent. A parent works for their children to make sure they raise upright, happy, and successful. God is the patron employee. We have a need and God has the resources we need for our learning, our living, our health, etc., and He earns the paycheck; the glory. We trust the patron as they have our best interest at heart. The bond between patron and client is a moral bond, not a legal one. Both parties are participating voluntarily. The client is expected to pay the patron with their trust and loyalty and the patron is to get the payment or glory.