I knew two roommates years ago who played a game with each other whereby they would say to one another, “Get me ____ .” Whatever it was that one of them wanted, he would tell the other one, “Get me ___ .” The game wasn’t about please and thank you. It was about treating each other like, well, for lack of a better word, a butler. They were supposed to be at each other’s beck and call to fulfill – immediately I would imagine – anything either of them could possibly desire. It was all a joke, of course, but this message isn’t about playing games. It’s about something entirely serious – and totally terrible. Something I did for years in my early years of believing in Jesus Christ as Lord.
I treated the Lord God almighty like a butler. Instead of fearing Him, instead of loving, worshiping, praising, honoring, serving, obeying, and living to glorify the Lord, I would call out in prayer whatever fancied my flesh at the time and expect God to answer exactly as I desired in the time frame I desired all for the satisfaction of my flesh. If He didn’t answer how I wanted when I wanted, well, something was awfully wrong I figured. After all, wasn’t God there to satisfy me? Wasn’t His purpose in creating us and to be in our lives to make us happy and help us feel good and to enjoy our lives and to fulfill our dreams for ourselves and never mind the Lord it was supposed to be all about self-fulfillment and self-love and me, me, me and us, us, us, right? Wrong! Wrong! Wrong!
While I was under some genuine Bible teaching, I was under loads of false teaching. And, tragically, I was essentially taught the Lord is up in heaven to act as my butler and to grant me my every desire. By God’s grace alone, He led me to repentance and taught me the truth about Himself, about His lordship and sovereignty, and about how a follower of His is intended to live. FOR HIM – not for self! Turns out the greatest pleasure anyway is the Lord Himself and a forever relationship with Him not the fleeting ungodly self-centered pleasures and treasures of this world.
Friend, we are to humble ourselves before the Lord God almighty, to live in fear of Him, to live to revere Him, to honor Him, to seek His face and hear Him and SERVE HIM, to worship, worship, worship Him, and on and on it goes. We who believe in Christ as Lord are HIS CHILDREN and HIS SERVANTS. He is not our butler! He is God almighty! Lord of Lords! King of Kings! He will reign forever and ever!
If you have been treating the Lord like a butler as I was, not living for Him but for self, tossing your prayers up to heaven as you play little lord of your life rather than humbling yourself before Him, repent and turn your heart and life wholly over to the Lord now and forevermore, AMEN! Live to love, worship, and glorify Him forever and ever, yes, AMEN!
Father, forgive us all for any and all times we have exalted ourselves in sickening pride and treated you as Santa Clause, a sugar daddy, a butler, anything by which we have expected you to serve us instead of humbling ourselves and living to love and serve and glorify you! Teach us your ways. For anyone reading this under false teaching, deliver them as you delivered me. Teach us your ways according to your Bible, for your glory, AMEN!
Help us, oh Lord, to pray ACCORDING TO YOUR WILL FOR YOUR GLORY and not to pray for earthly pleasures merely to satisfy the lusts of our flesh to please ourselves with our hearts and backs turned to you and your will. Help us to live for you, oh Lord, AMEN!
“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” 1 John 5:14-15
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, [because]they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn [their]ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.” 2 Timothy 4:3-4
“Everyone proud in heart [is]an abomination to the LORD; [Though they join] forces, none will go unpunished.” Proverbs 16:5