It’s a frequent reality for us to be unbalanced in our thinking about God. Sometimes we zero in on his love and forget his wrath. At other times, we emphasize how he is like us and forget how he is set apart from us. We can also be guilty of viewing our relationship with him from one angle while forgetting the others. Many of us tend to do this by thinking of our relationship with God as a boss/employee relationship.
It’s not that we shouldn’t view God as having authority over us wherein he rightfully tells us how we should live our lives, but the trouble comes when we forget that God is so much more. If God is just our boss, then our relationship with him will be rather sterile and distant. Bosses have authority, but most people don’t want to get to know them or cultivate a relationship with them beyond doing what they ask and getting paid. If God is just your boss, then you begin to see your life as very task-oriented; there is a list of duties you must accomplish before you can relax and do what you really want to do. An employee often morphs himself into whatever his boss values and respects so that his boss never really knows him and the result is that the business works like a well-oiled machine, but the relationship never really moves beyond what works best to get the job done.
Praise the Lord that he is so much more than our boss or master. He is also Father, so he knows us, loves us and provides for our every need. He is also King, so he is powerful, majestic and worthy of all honor. And he is also Savior, so he frees us from sin, Satan and death, and we don’t have to earn his favor because he pours it out graciously through his Son every second of every day! When we keep a well-balanced view of God, then we not only seek to work for God, we also seek to know him, worship him, and delight in him.